Just as the Red Sox and Fenway Park are a quintessential part of New England, even more so are the elements that define how we as New Englanders live our daily lives. As beautiful as New England is, we all know how unpredictable New England weather can be.
Who would have expected a major snow storm in October before Halloween? It is these exact elements that have caused numerous losses and disappointments when a Red Sox game is rained out.
Now is the time to redefine our lives and not let the weather disappoint us. Not only is there an emotional perspective when a game is rained out, because New Englanders are diehard fans, but the ballgame draws thousands of patrons and sustains an incredibly rich culture of small businesses, each of whom rely on the game for profitability. From the sausage vendor to the t-shirt seller, as well as surrounding restaurants, bars and parking lots, each proprietor takes a loss when mother nature decides it is not the day.
The shape of Fenway Park is unsymmetrical, and because of its dimensions, a physical structure for a roof on the park would not be economical. Therefore, we propose a series of 40-foot wide recycled, high-strength transparent bubble strips, just like packaging wrap, supported by the help of cable wires.
There would be multiple bubbles in each strip, and each bubble would be filled with helium. The strips would be placed over the ballpark with cables inserted on both sides and resting on pulleys. The pulleys would be attached to pylons on each end.
The plastic roof could be retracted with the help of pulleys after the helium gas is sucked out of the bubbles. Each strip would be attached to pylons with the upper strip overlapping the lower, leaving a gap for air to flow and water to drain.
In order to inflate the bubbles, stems will be connected with a clear plastic tube connected to a helium tank. All pylons will be held in place with lateral supports.
The bubbles not only add a pragmatic approach to protection from the elements, but also add a festive feel to the already high-energy ballgame. This workable design will ensure that rain will not stop the fans from coming out to the ballgame.