Things you Find on Fenway Park Tours – A Monster, a Red Chair and a Curse! (Part I)
by Shallots and Chalets
Ok. If you have small children, maybe telling them that there is a monster and a curse in Fenway Park will not be the smart thing to do. Perhaps you should tell them that there are secret messages hidden throughout the ballpark, or that people have been playing baseball here for over 100 years!
Once you get to Fenway Park, head over to Gate D – this is where you will be able to purchase your tickets for the tours. But don’t worry about that now, we’ve given an outline of how to get to Fenway Park at the at the end of the post!
We had heard that there are usually lines, as the tours are on a “First-Come-First-Serve” basis, so we decided to head over in the morning the day of our game to escape the crowd. Luckily for us, there were’t a ton of people there and we were able to get on the first tour! After buying your ticket ($16 for Adults, $14 for Seniors, $12 for students, kids and military), you head back up Yawkey Way, across the street from Gate C to where the tour stages and begins – note this is essentially a souvenir shop. If the group is big (40-60 people) they will break you into two groups. Once you’re all set, the tour guide plays a short introductory movie, narrated by David Ortiz. After the movie, you come back out onto Yawkey Way and head into Fenway! The tour starts from Gate A!
Once inside, another staging area gives the tour guides the chance to set the tone. The gist is – a lot of history, a lot of successes, and a whole lotta heartache. After spending about 15 minutes in the ‘bowels’ of Fenway, learning about some of the finer details of the recent salvation of Fenway, as well as the challenges the facility has with conservation and heritage management, they prepare to take you out to see the field! This is a great example of tour management. Everyone wants to see the lushness of the grass, but it’s all about building up the expectations of your guests!
Fenway Park is a truly remarkable destination. What was once a facility that was considered unsustainable for business has since been awarded National Register of Historic Places designation. On April 20th, 2012, Fenway Park celebrated its 100th Anniversary – remember that games are still played here, concerts still occur and even hockey has recently been played on the field – this is an excellent example of a heritage building that has been preserved for future generations and conserved for current ones too! The fact that Fenway Park has sold out every game since May 15th 2003, tells you that this place is just a tad popular!
Once you walk out into the stands, Fenway staff are there to take your picture (which is of course presented for purchase at the end of the tour!). You can see photo below is the souvenirs that we got from the tour and the game!
Sitting under the Grandstand on 3rd Base Line, the tour guide continues to explain the mix history of Fenway Park. The ups of winning many of the first World Series that ever existed, to the downs of waiting nearly 90 years (86 years to be exact – from 1918) until their victory in 2004. During this time, Red Sox fans (and many fans of baseball) felt that the franchise was being cursed for selling the rights to Babe Ruth. It would come to be known as the Curse of the Bambino. History is everywhere in Fenway. Even as one is sitting in the blue, wooden seats of the Grandstand Section, the tour guide gladly reminds you that these are the original seats dating back to 1934 – 78 years ago! These are the only original wooden seating options in Majory League Baseball!
After a thankful 10 minutes sitting out of the sun, we were on our way to the famous Green Monster. Despite the name, The Green Monster was not originally green, nor is it a monstrosity. It was originally white, but after many complaints from batters saying that they had difficulty seeing pitches coming in (the ball would blur into its background) – then they changed it to blue, however, the specific blue they chose was the same blue as their lifelong rival – the New York Yankees. The owner of Red Sox at that time told his staff: I don’t care what color, just get rid of this this disgusting Yankee blue! Finally, it was decided that it would be painted green. If you are ever thinking about painting your house (or interior) this color, all you have to do is purchase the Red Sox! They’ve patented the colour – a unique blend crafted by the people over at Benjamin Moore It is definitely one of the many special features of Fenway that make it so unique.
From here, guests are given a chance to sit and take in the ballpark from the ‘best seats in the house’. In 2008, USATODAY’s readers and staff choose the seats on top of the Green Monster as one of the top 10 seats in all of sports. They only recently added seating to the top of the Green Monster – an addition that took place in 2003.