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Coming Friday: Fenway of the future

Posted by Matt Pepin, Boston.com Staff  April 19, 2012 12:58 PM

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Fenway Park celebrates its big anniversary on Friday, and just as things have changed over its first 100 years, you can expect more changes in the 40 to 45 years team officials have said its infrastructure has remaining before a new ballpark needs to be built.

While the structure itself likely won't change much, the experience of visiting Fenway Park will continue to evolve, perhaps more rapidly than ever before.

The anniversary is about history, but it's also a good time to look ahead, as well. We asked Greg Sherlock, principal at the Populous architectural firm that has designed such ballparks as the new Yankee Stadium, the Red Sox' new spring training home in Ft. Myers, Fla., and the Miami Marlins'; ballpark, to identify, with an emphasis on realism and imagination, what the future may hold for Fenway Park.

Combining Sherlock's deep insight with our own research, we've created an interactive feature that will debut Friday morning that shows which aspects of Fenway could change in the coming years, and explains the ins and outs of each topic.

We've kicked off our feature this afternoon with one local architect's design for putting a roof on Fenway Park someday.

Friday's package includes one writer's vision of what the future may hold for both the Red Sox and the park, a look back at Fenway Park's most memorable moments, an opportunity for you to share your memories of Fenway Park, a gallery of sports' most historic stadiums and a look at Red Sox uniforms through the years.

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