Red Sox to unveil upgrades to Fenway Park ahead of home opener – NBC Boston
The Boston Red Sox previewed improvements at Fenway Park on Wednesday morning ahead of this week’s home opener.
Since 2002, the Red Sox have invested more than $400 million in preserving and improving Fenway Park. Red Sox President and CEO Sam Kennedy and Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Jonathan Gilulua were joined by Boston Mayor Michelle Wu at an event on Wednesday to preview offseason improvements at the ballpark.
“We’re really, really excited,” Gilullua said. “We believe this is consistent with our approach to improving the fan experience here at Fenway.”
The Red Sox are scheduled to face the Minnesota Twins at 2:10 p.m. Friday in their home opener.
Here’s a quick look at some of this year’s Fenway enhancements:
The real terrace
The Truly Terrace is a newly constructed 8,800 square foot open-air lobby space located aft of sections 39, 41, 42 and 43 of the bleachers. The area includes a new row of bar stools directly behind the bleacher seats, new standing areas with drink rails and new restrooms.
The Truly Terrace will also feature new food and drink stalls, including: a large 360-degree island bar that will feature local artisan specialties and a variety of flavors from Truly; a take-away drinks market which will offer the most diversified drinks offer in the stadium; an AI smart self-checkout and visual recognition system; and a new “Truly Takeout” food stand with specialty items that will use self-service ordering kiosks and pick-up windows to help expedite checkout.
The NESN Studio at Fenway Park
Located in the Truly Terrace behind Section 39 of the bleachers, a newly constructed NESN studio in Fenway Park will be NESN’s new broadcast home for their pre- and post-game broadcasts during Red Sox home games.
The 20-by-24-foot studio space, which features a mural wall made up of nearly 2,000 baseballs and 60 wooden bats, will replace NESN’s temporary stage on Jersey Street and feature Fenway’s facade Park behind home plate and the playing field as a backdrop for broadcasts.
521 Overlook is a new 7,600 square foot event space located directly above the Truly Terrace that offers stunning views of Fenway Park. Designed to accommodate a variety of functions of different types and sizes, the interior space has a capacity of approximately 600 people which can be subdivided into four rooms for smaller groups.
The west side of the reception hall features a 130-foot-long, 10-foot-tall wall of windows that leads to a spacious balcony with sweeping views of the entire field and ballpark. The space’s name refers to the number of home runs Ted Williams has hit in his career and, coincidentally, the approximate distance in feet of the space from home plate.
521 Overlook is sold by the Fenway Park Events team for a variety of private functions on game days and non-game days.
New Video Cards
Just above the 521 Overlook and below the New Balance panel is a new extended video board approximately 62 feet wide and 16 feet high. Twice as wide as the board that previously resided in this location, the new video board will have the ability to display more information about the game, including team rosters, batting situation statistics, and information about rappers’ songs.
Additionally, two new LED boards have been installed along the fascia between the Truly Terrace and 521 Overlook which are each nearly 50 feet long. During games, these two dashboards will display the line score, in-game starting pitcher stats, and reliever information when pitchers are warming up in the bullpen.
Fenway Park Completely Cashless
Fenway Park has moved to a fully cashless environment for the 2022 season. For convenience and to improve speed of service, concession stands throughout the stadium will only accept credit cards or contactless payment with smartphones.
Hawkers will have cashless point-of-sale devices so fans can easily use their mobile devices or swipe their credit cards to purchase concession items from their seats. Fans with money can stop by the Gate E Concourse, the Home Plate Concourse and the
Kids Concourse to load their money onto a Mastercard debit card using a Cash-2-Card exchange kiosk. In addition to Fenway Park, debit cards will be accepted at all businesses that accept Mastercard.
New Fenway Park Concessions
Fenway Park concessionaire Aramark will launch several new menu offerings for the 2022 season. New items featured and available at stadium stands include Sal’s Pizza, Mozzarella Sticks, Buffalo Chicken Spring Rolls, Jalapeno Cheetos Hot Dog, Turkey Gyro’s, Grillo’s Pickles, Platanos Maduros, Fluffer Nutter Fries and the Doritos Walking Taco.
The Truly Awesome Burger will be a new signature item available at the new Truly Takeout booth at the Truly Terrace and includes Savenor’s Butter Smash burger, Vermont melted cheddar cheese, lettuce, tomato, red onion and Mille- Islands on a brioche roll.
Concession stands on Jersey Street and Sam Deck as well as on-site service at Fenway Park will feature MingsBings, a healthy, vegan offering created by James Beard Award-Winner Chef Ming Tsai.
Signage in the field for the first time
For the first time in its history, the Red Sox have put a sponsor name on the lawn of Fenway Park. Through a partnership with Aspiration, their name will now be displayed near the fungo circles on the grass between the warning track and the infield.
As part of this partnership, and in line with the club’s ongoing commitment to sustainability initiatives, the Red Sox will invest a portion of every ticket purchased by fans into the Aspiration Planet Protection Fund to help offset the carbon footprint. fans attending matches.