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Red Sox shatter .406 Club glass as work begins on Fenway Park's new EMC Club
10/14/2005 2:57 PM ET
Just for releases ... thanks -----Original Message----- From: Geffner, Glenn [] Sent: Friday, October 14, 2005 2:51 PM Subject: Red Sox Shatter .406 Club Glass as Work Begins on Fenway's New EMC Club FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Friday, October 14, 2005 BOSTON, MA -- The Boston Red Sox and officials from EMC, the official information management and storage provider to the Red Sox, today shattered the glass in Fenway Park's .406 Club, as demolition begins before creating the EMC Club, which is scheduled to debut on Opening Day, 2006.

The honor of striking the glass went to Dave Hixson of Hudson, MA, an EMC employee and card-carrying citizen of Red Sox Nation.

As part of the Red Sox' long-term commitment to Fenway Park, which was announced March 23, the existing .406 Club (606 seats) and the Red Sox Hall of Fame Club presented by Volvo will be converted into two new seating tiers for the 2006 season. The new EMC Club will consist of 406 open-air seats with an enclosed lounge at the rear of the seats offering a view of the playing field.

"Fans have consistently asked us to remove the glass that has separated the .406 Club from the exciting often electric ambiance enjoyed by other fans in Fenway Park," said Red Sox President/CEO Larry Lucchino. "In creating the EMC Club, we will not only bring Fenway's incomparable energy to this area, but we will also create some of the lowest, closest, and best club seats in all of baseball."

The open-air EMC Club, which will be at the suite level, will have high-end amenities, including wider, heated seats, waiter and waitress services, private dining rooms, a business conference center, and a dedicated concierge to facilitate purchases of tickets to Fenway and other entertainment venues. Members will have VIP parking opportunities as well.

The EMC Club will maintain a tribute to the greatest hitter who ever lived by having exactly 406 seats and by housing a new Ted Williams Lounge. The current .406 Club, which opened in 1989, was originally called the 600 Club because of its 606 seats. The 600 Club was re-named for Williams following his death in 2002.

EMC provides the information management and storage systems and software that protect and manage the players' and coaches' digitized video archives and statistical records--in the newly renovated clubhouse and on the road--as well as the club's photographic archives, Fanfoto service, and administrative applications. The company, which is the world leader in information storage and management solutions with more than $8 billion in 2004 revenues, employs 7,000 people in Massachusetts and 23,000 worldwide.

Hixson, whose father took him to Fenway Park for his first Red Sox game in 1967, is a production manager at EMC's manufacturing plant in Franklin, MA. "I have been a hard-core Sox fan going back to '67," said the father of two daughters who coaches youth softball. "When I first heard they were taking down the glass, I thought it was phenomenal from a fan's standpoint. Then, when EMC's role was announced it was incredible. I know first-hand how our products help businesses of all types manage their information, and to think of its potential in helping the Red Sox be more competitive was really gratifying."

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