REFURBISHED FENWAY KEEPS CLASSIC CHARM
It’s no longer just peanuts and Cracker Jacks at fabled Fenway Park.
This season it’s meatballs wrapped in a bread cone by Strega, lobster poutine, surf-and-turf kebabs and hot lobster rolls.
A new bar — Tully Tavern — has been added and the famous Pesky Pole has been restored, both in the right field area.
Virtual reality games, a new video board and new protective netting have gone up and the dugouts have been expanded.
“It’s amazing ... the Red Sox have added a lot to the stadium but you would never know,” said Mayor Martin J. Walsh, who toured the park yesterday with team owner John Henry. “The way they do it without disrupting the shrine — it’s incredible.”
The Green Monster and the emerald field still take your breath away, but now there are more amenities to enjoy while you soak up all the history.
“This year’s offseason improvements were large, about $10 million, and it’s all with an eye on improving the facility for the fans, for the players, for everyone that comes in year in and
year out,” said Sox President Sam Kennedy.
He added the team has spent over $300 million renovating Fenway Park since 2002.
The Tully Tavern, created in partnership with Tullamore DEW Irish whiskey, has tables with charging stations.
“Fenway Park is part of who we are, it’s part of our DNA,” said Kennedy. “I don’t think the Red Sox would be the Red Sox without Fenway … this is a place, it’s in our blood.”
Fans will get their first taste of the renovated Fenway on Opening Day Monday.