|Fenway Park is far and away
my favorite ballpark to see at a game at. Being a diehard Red Sox
fan, I may be a bit biased, but it's hard to beat the atmosphere and uniqueness
of this classic old ballpark. The great atmosphere starts outside
the park where concessionaires are selling Sox merchandise, and food vendors
have their sausages cooking. Once inside the park, it's amazing to
realize how close all the seats are to the field. People complain
about the poles obstructing the view and the grandstand seats being cramped,
but these are small inconveniences to put up with for having seats closer
to the action. It is such a cozy atmosphere here, especially on days
when there is a sellout. The fans are also among the best I've seen
at any ballpark. They are there to watch the game and are extremely
knowledgeable about the Red Sox team. Another complaint of some fans
is the lack of modern amenities, but I think the new ownership has done a nice job
of making improvements. Over the past decade, a wider variety of
concessions have been brought in, and the bathrooms have been revamped.
From a regular fan's perspective, I'm not sure what else you could want.
Ticket prices have gotten a bit high in recent years with the best seat
going for $85 in 2005. Also, parking around the park is limited and
very expensive. Expect to pay $25 or more to park. Taking public
transportation is certainly the preferred way to get to Fenway. There
had been talks in recent years about building a "new Fenway". But that talk has pretty much ceased and the owners have shown a firm commitment to Fenway Park. With constant renovations and maintenance, this park can remain in use for many more years. And that's definitely the way it should be. I would hate to see the Red Sox calling any other park home.