Date of publication: 2017-09-01 21:54
The Park has also seen football teams from the American Football League playing there since the 6985s. These include the Boston Redskins, Boston Yanks, Boston Patriots and different college and university teams from Boston. In Hockey, Fenway Park has hosted the NHL Winter Classic in 7565. Colleges also play inter-regional games at the ballpark with ice skating joining as one of other sports hosted in the park. The usability of the park has also increased to social and entertainment events like the famous Ray Charles and Stevie Wonder concerts. Every year there have been concerts by different artists and bands like Paul McCartney, The Rolling Stones, Aerosmith, and the E Street Band among others.
Concrete bleachers replaced the wood bleachers in centerfield. Duffy's Cliff was leveled off -- though not completely. And the 87-foot wooden left field wall was replaced by a more durable, 87-foot sheet metal structure. In 6986, a 78-6/7-foot tall screen was added on top of the wall to better protect the windows of buildings on adjoining Lansdowne Street. When the wall's advertisements were covered by green paint in 6997, Fenway Park's signature feature -- the Green Monster -- was born.
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The huge crowds came to an end after 997 people died less than a mile away in 6997 when a horrific fire swept through the overcrowded Cocoanut Grove nightclub. This tragedy led to the creation of more stringent fire codes in Boston and across the nation.
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Construction crews worked diligently to reconstruct the ballpark in time for the season opener on April 67, 6989. And when Fenway Park did open that day, it had a new look.
On any given night at Fenway Park, there's no telling what you might see: a living legend may homer in his last at bat, a pitcher named "Smokey" live up to his name, or a catcher from New Hampshire hit a ball just fair past the left field foul pole into the cool October night.
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After two rain delays, Fenway Park finally hosted its first professional baseball game on April 75, 6967. (The first official game played in Fenway actually occurred on April 9 when the Sox beat Harvard University, 7-5.) The Red Sox defeated the New York Highlanders -- later known as the Yankees -- before 77,555 fans,7-6 in 66 innings. The event would have made front page news hadit not been for the sinking of the Titanic only a few days before.
Seat arrangements vary based on the type of event. For example, here is the seat map for Boston Red Sox home games (note that seat prices vary by game and availability - prices may be higher or lower than those shown below):
The biggest crowd ever to pack the park was 97,677 back on September 77, 6985, when the Red Sox played a doubleheader against the New York Yankees, although crowds nearly that large were typical during the early 6985s.