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06:57 AM ET 10.20 | The Boston Red Sox, in the final phase of a decade-long makeover of Fenway Park, have begun off-season improvements designed to bring a high-definition, statistics-laden video experience to the oldest ballpark in the major leagues. Three new video boards, one measuring 38 feet high by 100 feet wide, will replace two existing boards above the outfield and offer vivid replays, player data, and game-specific information that fans can expect while watching the ballgame in their living rooms, officials said.

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October 20, 2010  07:37 AM ET

Y'all know I'm a big Red Sox fan and I think the field at Fenway is just plain beeyouteeful,,,,,,,,,,but they need to blow this Victorian Era dump down and give the fans a ball park that is comfortable. The large video screen is the proverbial "lipstick on a pig".

If you are taller than 5'6" the seats are too small. Throw in the massive steel columns blocking views all over the park, the balcony overhangs that also block the views of those in the back of the lower section, the seats that don't face home plate etc, etc........

There is land available near the waterfront in Boston to build a state of the art park that could hold thousands more fans in comfort, yet the historical (hysterical) nitwits will never let it happen. That's a damn shame.

October 20, 2010  08:14 AM ET

There is something to be said about an old ball park if it is well maintained. It has a mystique that can not be replaced.

October 20, 2010  08:35 AM ET

At least the Cubbies' Wrigley Field scoreboard is still firmly entrenched in the previous century's lack of technology.

October 20, 2010  08:57 AM ET

New seating going into right field also, which are probably the most uncomfortable in the park. doesnt seem like there's much more that can be done to Fenway at this point...its still the greatest park ever.

October 20, 2010  09:23 AM ET
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At least the Cubbies' Wrigley Field scoreboard is still firmly entrenched in the previous century's lack of technology.

So is the scoreboard in the Green Monster.

October 20, 2010  09:46 AM ET
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its turd polishing 101, Rex.....the historic aspects are great but a team of the Sox stature needs to have a new, modern stadium for its players and fans.

But, from a business standpoint, why would they build a new park when they fill this one every night?

October 20, 2010  09:54 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Y'all know I'm a big Red Sox fan and I think the field at Fenway is just plain beeyouteeful,,,,,,,,,,but they need to blow this Victorian Era dump down and give the fans a ball park that is comfortable. The large video screen is the proverbial "lipstick on a pig".If you are taller than 5'6" the seats are too small. Throw in the massive steel columns blocking views all over the park, the balcony overhangs that also block the views of those in the back of the lower section, the seats that don't face home plate etc, etc........There is land available near the waterfront in Boston to build a state of the art park that could hold thousands more fans in comfort, yet the historical (hysterical) nitwits will never let it happen. That's a damn shame.

I worked for 3 years in Boston (lived elsewhere), and couldn't get into a single game. I could care less what they do to a park that I can't get into. They have the streak for sellout games, and it's still holding.

Obviously they're doing something right...

Bigger would be nicer, so long as they don't get greedy with ticket prices as they did in the Bronx. Baseball should be about providing an entertainment experience that's affordable for most people - especially families with kids. I remember going to Yankee stadium when I was 5 years old. I remember going to a Sox game in Fenway when I was going to a New England prep school. Now it's all about seeing my Sox in Baltimore. That suks...

October 20, 2010  09:58 AM ET

If they built a park with more seating maybe people could get in.
So this is the final stage of the remodel. So the park stays for another 10 Years or do they start to tear it down as soon as the remodel is done?

October 20, 2010  10:14 AM ET
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If they built a park with more seating maybe people could get in.So this is the final stage of the remodel. So the park stays for another 10 Years or do they start to tear it down as soon as the remodel is done?

They have an excellent scarcity business model. Everyone wants to eat at a crowded restaurant. Same idea. It's smart.

October 20, 2010  10:16 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Y'all know I'm a big Red Sox fan and I think the field at Fenway is just plain beeyouteeful,,,,,,,,,,but they need to blow this Victorian Era dump down and give the fans a ball park that is comfortable. The large video screen is the proverbial "lipstick on a pig".If you are taller than 5'6" the seats are too small. Throw in the massive steel columns blocking views all over the park, the balcony overhangs that also block the views of those in the back of the lower section, the seats that don't face home plate etc, etc........There is land available near the waterfront in Boston to build a state of the art park that could hold thousands more fans in comfort, yet the historical (hysterical) nitwits will never let it happen. That's a damn shame.

I went to a game in Fenway a couple years ago and had great seats by third base with the exception of the room. You are right, the seats were pretty cramped, i'm 6'2 190 and I felt like a fat guy flying southwest. My wife and I were talking to a couple season ticket holders and they were telling us about the stadium and how bad it was for fans. The seats in right field were'nt facing the pitcher but instead the center fielder? Have they ever fixed the seating?

I am all for historic stadiums, when they tore down municiple stadium in Cleveland I was against it but then they gave us Jacobs field and all the complaints went away.

I think the fans of Boston should be the one's who get the final say on whether they should build a new park. The owners obviously don't want to do it because that would require spending $$ but thats not what's best for the fans. They should poll the season ticket holders along with the people of Boston and they should be the ones to decide what happens.

October 20, 2010  10:34 AM ET
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They have an excellent scarcity business model. Everyone wants to eat at a crowded restaurant. Same idea. It's smart.

and yet i think they could maybe make more money with another model.
Perhaps not.

October 20, 2010  10:43 AM ET

Place is a dump - and this from a season ticket holder. Owners dumped short money into the place and told us it was for our benefit. Please. All they did was create more concession stands to pad their pockets and add cramped seats at $100+ a pop. Fine. I get it - it's a business and their goal is to make as much as possible. But the work they did was to increase their bottom line and not to make it a more comfortable place to watch a game. New video (finally - disgrace what they have now) is the first thing they have done that will enhance experience of being at the game. Ownership got cheap when they could have looked in South Boston when Kraft screwed up his chances there but that would have required them spending a ton of dough.

I'm all for history and tradition, but if they truly cared about their customers they would have torn that place down instead of reinforcing the dump to squeeze out another 20 years.

October 20, 2010  10:51 AM ET
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There is something to be said about an old ball park if it is well maintained. It has a mystique that can not be replaced.

Mystique? Unreal. What is this, Field of Dreams? Ownership has no love for their season ticket base because they know we will buy their product - and a fairly good product it has been these past 7+ years. If they truly cared they would have found a way to build a new park. And please, don't give me the line that they wouldn't have had the dough leftover to field a strong team. They had the dough to buy a NASCAR team. They had the dough to but Manchester United. They didn't have the dough to build a new park?

October 20, 2010  10:51 AM ET
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You're not trying hard enough. It's not that difficult.

I'm not paying StubHub prices. And as a person who worked 12-hour days when I came into town, I didn't have the time to camp outside Fenway hoping that some scalper was going to give me a reasonable price.

I am not a non-working stiff or a teenager with time to burn. I shouldn't have to try that hard. I should be able to book a ticket to the game in advance - and expect to get in - the way I book a flight. That's not too much to ask for.

October 20, 2010  11:05 AM ET
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Mystique? Unreal. What is this, Field of Dreams? Ownership has no love for their season ticket base because they know we will buy their product - and a fairly good product it has been these past 7+ years. If they truly cared they would have found a way to build a new park. And please, don't give me the line that they wouldn't have had the dough leftover to field a strong team. They had the dough to buy a NASCAR team. They had the dough to but Manchester United. They didn't have the dough to build a new park?

They did look into a new park, and ran into resistance from the city of Boston everywhere they turned. Every other city has found a way to make it work. None of these other owners are paying for their stadiums, if I was John Henry I wouldn't either..........

Time for the city of Boston to step up

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October 20, 2010  11:38 AM ET
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They did look into a new park, and ran into resistance from the city of Boston everywhere they turned. Every other city has found a way to make it work. None of these other owners are paying for their stadiums, if I was John Henry I wouldn't either..........Time for the city of Boston to step up

Do you work for the Sox? Kidding - but you are wrong. McCourt owned land that was ready. Menino would have delivered on a waterfront park if the Sox offered Southie enough perks/bribes to make it happen. Did they look into it? Sure, but only to supposedly tell people - "hey, we tried but the City wouldn't work with us or Southie was an obstacle or because Kraft failed we will fail..." They KNEW, and so did most fans, that they would never spend the kind of money necessary to make it happen. Why would they? They have sheep - yeah, I'm one of them I suppose - that continue to buy season tickets because we're fans of the team even if required to sit in that crappy stadium.

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