Red Sox to Add Concessions to Fenway Park Bleachers
If there’s one thing that’s been a constant since John Henry and his ownership group purchased the Boston Red Sox and Fenway Park in 2002, it’s change. Recently, the club announced that another round of improvements could soon be coming to the ballpark.
As part of Fenway Sports Group’s plans to build a theater behind the park, the Red Sox owners are also proposing a new concession area “connected to the back of the ballpark’s bleachers.”
In a letter written to the Boston Planning and Development Agency, Jonahthan Gilula, the team’s executive vice president of business affairs, wrote that the new area “will feature concession stands, restrooms and other elements designed to enhance the fan experience in the bleachers.”
The proposed concession area would be built on part of a triangular piece of property bounded by Landsdowne and Ipswich Streets behind the right field bleachers. Fenway Sports Group is proposing to build a 5,000 seat theater on this site. The property is currently used as a parking lot and a building that houses function rooms and back-of-house service areas for the ballpark.
Gilula also wrote that the team hopes to build “a new function space with sweeping views of Fenway Park suitable for large groups and private events.” Renovations to the existing building would allow the space to be shared by Fenway Park and the proposed “Fenway Theater.” The space would include a shared lobby, commissary, loading dock and trash and utility areas. It’s unclear what the improvements would look like or how big the space would be.
Red Sox spokeswoman Zineb Curran stated that the team remains “still very much in the early planning and approval stage with the city,” and that there weren’t any additional details to share as of yet.
The current bleacher sections were created in 1934, and originally consisted of wooden slat boards. In 1983 the last of the benches were replaced by individual seats. The current green plastic seats were installed in 2007.
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