Getting to the Game (3.5 out of 5)
Fans can take both the local T (MBTA) green line to either Kenmore or Fenway. The green line is notorious for being small, unreliable, and slow, but it beats driving. There is a commuter rail station outside the park as well, so fans from outside Boston can use that too. Parking at Fenway Park is a nightmare in all honesty. Boston is an old city, so roads are narrow and parking is scarce. Fenway Park Parking is one of the most expensive places I have been to, and they jam your car into small spaces on game day. While the train is not great, it’s by far your best way to get into the game.
Here is a video of my experience
The Neighborhood (5 out of 5)
Fenway Park has the most delightful area around any stadium in the game. There are so many things to do before and after a game, so you come early and stay late. Tons of sports bars like Cask N Flagons, Game On, Loretta, House of Blues, and more are all outside the ballpark on Yawkey Way and Lansdowne. One unique bar at the ballpark is actually in the park, but you don’t need a ticket to it. The bar is Bleacher Bar, and it’s in the green monster. In the picture above, you will see the entrance where on the left-hand side with the arrow pointing down.
The Park (4 out of 5)
Boston fans will crucify me for this review, but by going to may parks, I know Fenway has its limitations. Many seats are not comfortable if you are taller than 5 feet 4 inches, so sitting for a long time can become stiff. There are a fair amount of seats behind poles, so obstruction is something that can happen. Finally, in right field, your position is angled toward center field instead of home plate, so expect to have your neck cramp up as the game comes to an end.
With all the criticism about the actual seats, Fenway Park itself is incredible. It’s small, it’s full of charm, cozy, and perfect for baseball. No question about it, Fenway Park itself has so much nostalgia that you will forget about all the new fancy parks once you are inside. Fun fact, the green monster in left still uses a manual scoreboard which only a few stadiums still do today. Also, Fenway is the oldest ballpark in baseball, so you have to cut it some slack when you compare it to new and modern stadiums.
Food (3 of out 5)
Fenway Park will have your traditional food with some slight moderation. Fenway Franks are a staple part of the experience, but you will also find burgers, fries, chicken tenders, and more at the game. Souvenir cups are enjoyed by families during warm some days too.
The Atmosphere (5 out of 5)
Fenway Park is one of the most fun ballparks to catch a baseball game. The atmosphere outside the game will get you pumped, and once inside, you will see complete loyalty to the team. The fans are into the game from the first pitch, so you see people cheer and agonize on each close ball. Sweet Caroline plays in the middle of the eighth inning which relieves the stress of the game. I find it cheesy, but I would say most fans still enjoy the tradition to a degree.
Repeat Value (5 out of 5)
Fenway Park is one of the best MLB experiences you can get today. It makes sense to spend a little extra money not to have an obstructed view so you can thoroughly enjoy the game. The team and the fans are exciting, so baseball games feel different here. Feel free to check out the other reviews to see how Fenway compared to other parks.
Final Verdict (4.25 out of 5)