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Fenway improvements

Posted by Steve Silva, Boston.com Staff  November 16, 2007 11:16 AM

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The Red Sox today unveiled their plan for Fenway Park improvements this off-season, which will include the addition of a new restaurant in center field and new seats to the State Street Pavilion.

According a team press release, more than 800 new State Street Pavilion seats, plus standing room tickets, will be available for each game. Most of the new seats (approximately 620) will be installed on the third base side of the park; the remaining (approximately 220) on the first base side.

More tidbits on the renovations, courtesy of the Red Sox media relations department:

  • Beyond the seats on the third base side, a dedicated area, “standing room corner,” will provide a unique view of the field. In addition, the club is adding permanent upgraded restrooms and concessions that will serve the State Street Pavilion and the Green Monster.

  • In addition, new, linear scoreboards will line portions of the EMC level fascia. The “LED” technology gives full color, clear information regarding the batter, the pitcher, the count, and other key game information. This improvement will help fans with compromised views of the scoreboards in center field and left field.

  • Bleacher Bar & Grill, a year-round restaurant in center field, is scheduled to open at the start of the 2008 season. Beneath the bleachers that previously sat atop the visitors’ batting cages, it will open onto Lansdowne Street, with a view into the ballpark as well.

  • The Sox will add new staircase from the Gate A area on Yawkey Way to the back of the Grandstand at Section 27 that will improve vertical circulation, as will a new elevator and stairway in left field.

  • Eight new private suites, available on a single game basis, will replace the six that were housed in the temporary boxes placed on the pavilion for the 1999 All-Star Game. Those two boxes, the “K” and “B” suites (named for their proximity to Kenmore Square and Boylston Street, respectively), are scheduled to be removed starting today.

  • Fenway offseason improvements also include waterproofing the seating bowl in the bleacher area, a project that requires replacing the seats (already sold to fans) in these sections. The seating replacement gives the Red Sox the opportunity to add wheelchair locations with sight lines and companion seating.

  • The Red Sox also plan to provide a fully equipped kitchen and new restrooms on the clubhouse’s mezzanine level.

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