Faithful to Fenway: Believing in Boston, Baseball, and America's Most Beloved Ballpark

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THE BALLPARK AT REST
The Civic Partnership between Boston,
the Red Sox, and the Fenway Faithful

I’ve always had a feeling that baseball teams are civic institutions and
therefore should celebrate civic holidays. So we wanted to do some-
thing for Halloween and Thanksgiving, during the winter holidays,
Martin Luther King Day, Father’s Day, Mother’s Day. Part of it is a
marketing disposition. The other part seemed that it was self-evident
to share it with the people who feel connected to it.

—Larry Lucchino, Red Sox president/CEO

Sometimes I like to come here during the winter or in the spring just
before the season starts and walk around the ballpark, maybe stand for
a few minutes or so behind the Green Monster [on Landsdowne
Street]. It’s like my second home… Fenway tells me I’m home. Fen-
way tells me I’m in Boston.

—Pete S., Red Sox fan, Cambridge, Massachusetts

Between April and September, the Red Sox play eighty-one games at Fenway Park. Even though baseball games usually last around three hours, Red Sox games are more like full-day events, perhaps more so for the organization than for the fans. Consider the amount of time needed for pre- and postgame warm-ups, cool-downs, preparation, and cleaning. For night games, the players are in their uniforms at 4:00 p.m.

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