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Red Sox present "Year IX Improvements" to Fenway Park to Mayor Menino03/29/2010 10:08 AM ET
By bos / MLB.com
The Boston Red Sox today welcomed Mayor Thomas M. Menino and city officials to Fenway Park to review the "Year IX Improvements" at America's Most Beloved Ballpark, which celebrates its 98th anniversary this year. This annual rite of spring occurs before the opening of each baseball season to showcase the Red Sox and City of Boston's collaboration on Fenway Park.
"We are entering the last inning of improvements to Fenway Park, and this old ballpark has never looked better," said Red Sox President/CEO Larry Lucchino. "This American icon that once was cramped and congested now has more seats and spaces, wide open concourses, new and improved facilities and many more food and beverage options for our fans. Leading up to its 100th Anniversary in 2012, our focus has been always to improve and expand the physical structure without disturbing the warmth, charm and authenticity that surrounds this ballpark."
The 2010 Fenway Park Improvements were designed to improve internal circulation, ingress and egress, to expand concessions and bathroom facilities, and to insure the long-term structural viability of the ballpark. They include the following:
1. Left Field 1934 Seating Bowl Concrete Repair, Waterproofing and New Seats
All seats were refurbished and/or replaced by American Seating, the same company that has worked on the seats at Fenway Park since its inception in 1912. The concrete repair work was completed by NER Construction of Wilmington, MA, who also completed a similar scope of work during the 2007/2008 and 2008/2009 off-seasons in other areas of the ballpark.
2. New Restrooms and Concession Enhancements Behind Home Plate
The restrooms that previously resided in this location on the Grandstand concourse have been removed; and new, larger restrooms with additional fixtures for both men and women have been constructed on a Mezzanine area positioned above Gate D, and are accessible via a new staircase that connects to the top of Grandstand Section 19 (behind home plate). The new restrooms are more than double, in both size and number of fixtures, compared to the previously existing ones. Additionally, two new ADA accessible family restrooms have been added in an area adjacent to the new concession stands on the Grandstand concourse towards first base.
3. Lower Third Base Concourse Improvements
4. New Concession Areas and Several New Menu Items
At the center of this year's food and beverage upgrades is an expanded and completely renovated concession area behind home plate, featuring a newly installed brick oven for cooking freshly made pizza (served whole and by the slice). The stand will offer many of the new items, including the chicken parmesan and Italian meatball subs, as well as Italian sausage sandwiches, Fenway Franks, hamburgers, chicken tenders & fries, and assorted snacks and desserts.
ARAMARK has also substantially expanded Fenway Park's vegetarian menu and added more options for fans with special dietary considerations. A new veggie burger, veggie dog, and spinach and mozzarella stromboli will join the lineup of existing vegetarian options like assorted salads, pizza, vegetarian burritos, hummus and fresh fruit cups. A growing list of gluten free items will include kettle corn, cookies, chips, and crackers. Fans looking for lighter fare will find assorted wraps along with deli and Panini sandwiches.
The selection of family-oriented combination value meals has also been expanded to include pizza & soda, chicken tenders & fries, burger & fries, and soup & a sandwich. Kid-friendly novelty items such as funnel cakes, slush puppy frozen drinks, and milkshakes have been added to the menu.
Additionally, along Yawkey Way, the Boston BBQ stand will now feature a new pulled BBQ beef sandwich served with fries, and chicken tenders.
All off-season projects were designed by D'Agostino Izzo & Quirk of Somerville, MA, and overseen by Ipswich Associates of Boston, MA.
Eight (and now Nine!) Years of Fenway Park Improvements
It is anticipated that 2011 will be the final year of major, annual improvements to the ballpark, completing a ten-year cycle.
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