Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

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Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

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With 33,871 seats, Boston's Fenway Park is the smallest ballpark in the major leagues. It is also the oldest, having opened on April 20, 1912. Sounds like it's time for a new park, doesn't it? The Red Sox thought so, and unveiled a plan earlier this week to replace the historic park in 2003 with a similar but slightly bigger ballpark right across the street.

Q: How many new parks have been built recently?

A: Of the 30 major league teams, 12 have built new ballparks since 1987. Also, five new parks have been approved to open in the next three years, and at least six more teams, including the Red Sox, are planning new facilities. Q: Who is trying to save Fenway Park? A: The two-year-old preservationist group called Save Fenway Park! It advocates renovating rather than replacing the 87-year-old ballpark. The group even hired an architect to draw up plans to increase capacity at the existing field. Neighborhood groups have also expressed concerns over the possibility of increased noise, lights, and traffic. …

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