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03/23/2005 12:34 PM ET
Sox make commitment to Fenway Park
Will remove .406 Club glass amid additional improvements for 2006; Ballpark now set to see its 100th anniversary
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BOSTON, MA -- The leaders of the Boston Red Sox today committed to remain long-term at Fenway Park, America's most beloved ballpark. Principal Owner John W. Henry, Chairman Tom Werner, and President/CEO Larry Lucchino made the long-awaited declaration in the .406 Club at the ballpark at a press conference regarding additional future improvements of Fenway Park.

"It is an honor to have the opportunity to protect and preserve Fenway Park," said Henry. "We see how its history and charm attract people from all over the world, and how it helps connect generations within families.

"We will continue to listen to our fans and make improvements inside the park, at our own private expense, as we have done over these past three years."

"When we set out to purchase this franchise and this ballpark, we were the only group that promised to save Fenway Park if at all possible," Werner said. "We believed we could, and we committed to try. Now, through the success of the improvements made thus far, and with those slated to come, we have kept our promise. We have honored our commitment to preserve and improve Fenway Park."

"We have lived at Fenway Park for more than three years," Lucchino said. "We have studied it in detail. We have studied the Fenway, Kenmore, and Longwood neighborhoods, which are essential components of this ballpark's life and our fans' experiences. We have made improvements each of the last three years, and we have major improvements on tap for the next several years. It's time to culminate this courtship with a loud, clear, long-term public commitment. We are proud that Fenway Park will be our home for years to come, and we are confident it will generate the revenue we need to be successful."

The club also provided updates regarding major Fenway improvements scheduled for 2005 and 2006 (see below). Among the latter, the club will remove the glass that has separated the fans seated in the .406 Club from the open-air Fenway ambiance since 1989.

"Ever since we arrived, fans have been asking us if we could remove the glass, and we see now that we can do so by 2006," Lucchino said. "We are eager to restore the lively ambiance that the rest of the fans in the park so enjoy. These will be among the lowest and closest club seats in all of baseball.

"We have more than 3,000 fans who pay to be on a waiting list for season tickets, and new high-quality, high-amenity seats in the Pavilion Level will help satisfy their hunger."

Other improvements already underway for 2005 include a new, level playing field with state-of-the-art drainage; the largest expansion and renovation of the clubhouse in recent history; an expansion of the Third Base Concourse, and the establishment of a year-round restaurant at the corner of Brookline Avenue and Lansdowne Street.

"We will now begin to plan the Fenway Park Centennial, in 2012, sure to be a great celebration and an historic achievement," Lucchino said.

Summary of Fenway Park Fan Amenities (2002-2005)

Since 2002, the Boston Red Sox have converted previously underutilized space into new and improved facilities that are designed to enhance the experience of fans visiting Fenway Park. Such additional amenities can be found in new areas of the ballpark, such as Yawkey Way, the Green Monster Seats, the Big Concourse, and the Third Base Concourse, and include the following:

New Fixed Concession Stands       22
New Concession Points of Sale     42
New Water Fountains                9
New Televisions                   51
New ATM's                          4
New Men's Restrooms                2
New Men's Water Closets           11
New Men's Urinals                 28
New Men's Lavatory Sinks          20
New Women's Restrooms              3
New Women's Water Closets         31
New Women's Lavatory Sinks        43
New Family Restrooms               2
New Turnstiles                    20
New Stand-Up Tables               65
New Picnic Tables                 65
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