BOSTON, MA – To help ensure that as many fans as possible have an opportunity to enjoy Fenway Park during its centennial celebration, the Red Sox are hosting a free “Open House” this Thursday, April 19, from 9 a.m. until closing at 7 p.m. Fans may enter any gate and view historical artifacts, memorabilia, and new displays, or just tour the ballpark.
Fenway Park, which this year celebrates its 100th Anniversary, will welcome families and children who are enjoying School Vacation Week in Massachusetts and parts of New England from Maine to Rhode Island and Connecticut.
“We invite families, particularly those enjoying School Vacation Week, to experience Fenway Park in a leisurely setting,” said Red Sox President/CEO Larry Lucchino. “It is an opportunity for our loyal Red Sox fans to wander around the ballpark and savor the history of this living museum as we commemorate the 100th Anniversary of Fenway Park.”
The Fenway Park Open House will provide the opportunity for fans to walk around the ballpark at their own pace, discover behind-the scenes locations, and learn more about Fenway Park’s history. Fans will be allowed to walk on the warning track, sit in the dugouts, see the bullpens up close, touch the Green Monster, and peek into the scoreboard booth inside the historic left field wall.
With nearly 100 new bronze plaques and displays now adorning the concourses, fans can experience how Fenway Park has become “A Living Museum.”
Fans will also have the opportunity to inscribe their personal sentiments in a book of tributes, “Here’s to Fenway Park.”
A host of former Red Sox greats including Frank Malzone, John Tudor, Bernie Carbo, and Oil Can Boyd will sign autographs in the State Street Pavilion. Alumni will be available throughout the day, changing every hour on the half hour.
As part of a “Touching the Game” feature, fans will be able to touch and hold such items as actual used bases, the pitching rubber, baseball bats, and baseballs, and baseball mud.
Merchandise and concessions will be available for purchase throughout the day.
The event will take place rain or shine.
Fenway Park played host to its first major league game on April 20, 1912. It is the first major league ballpark to ever reach its 100th anniversary.