BOSTON -- The Boston Red Sox today announced that start times for 2009 regular season games played at Fenway Park previously scheduled for 7:05 p.m. will be moved to 7:10 p.m. This time change will not affect games scheduled for other start times, including Sunday match-ups as well as weekday and Saturday matinees.
"During the week approximately 60 percent of our fans enter the ballpark after 6:30 p.m. Moving the starts by even a few minutes will give them a little more time to make it to Fenway Park from work or home, take advantage of pregame festivities and ballpark amenities, and reach their seats before the first pitch. And if fans are enjoying the game broadcast, they will have more opportunity to listen to the expanded pregame show on WRKO/WEEI or catch the first pitch on NESN," said Larry Lucchino, Red Sox President/CEO.
Saturday night game start times were also moved from 7:05 to 7:10 to maintain scheduling consistency.
The time adjustment will not require any alteration in batting practice or broadcast schedules for the Red Sox and opposing teams. The change should not affect the timing of pregame activities, Fenway Park-related operations or length of game. Gates will continue to open two hours prior to first pitch.
Additionally, the August 16 game against the Texas Rangers has been moved to 2:05 p.m. from its original start time of 8:05 p.m.