Brooks & Crowley April 2019

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beloved features. Then came the renovations to right field, followed by new scoreboards, a new concourse at Gate D, and so on. The renovations have been tasteful at every turn. No matter how many amenities and features the team adds, going to Fenway still feels like going to Fenway — that’s the most important thing. While I sometimes find myself pining for the decidedly old-school, no-nonsense Fenway of the '90s, I’m very happy with the changes. I’ve seen some great concerts at Fenway, including the Stones, Springsteen, and The Police. I’ve been to the Fenway Hurling Classic several times, and it's always a great experience. If these events help the team invest in the stadium and the club — with the phone number contracts in baseball these days, heaven knows they need to spend to win — I’m all for it. As long as Fenway stands and Neil and I are here, we’ll be attending Opening Day at one of Boston’s most famous landmarks. We wouldn’t have it any other way. No matter what business you’re in, you can take a lesson from the ownership’s approach to the stadium. It’s all about listening to your customers and giving them what they want. The most gleaming modern stadium in the world could never duplicate the magic of Fenway. It’s good that the owners respect that the same way we regular folks do. "The most gleaming modern stadium in the world could never duplicate the magic of Fenway."

FENWAY ALWAYS CHANGES But the Spirit Remains the Same

Neil and I have a tradition of attending Opening Day at Fenway Park every year. We’ve been doing this for about 20 years now, since before 2004 when the Sox broke the Curse of the Bambino and gave the entire city a reason to party like never before. Over the course of our annual tradition, a lot has changed. For one, the Red Sox are no longer perennial also-rans who succeed only in figuring out ever more painful ways to lose. They’re now one of the most consistently excellent teams in baseball. Just as the team has continued to evolve, so too has the stadium they call home. Fenway Park is iconic and it’s easily the best place to watch a sporting event anywhere in the country. Anyone who’s sung “Sweet Caroline” during the seventh-inning stretch knows that. What’s easy to forget is that Fenway’s future was hanging in the balance right around the time Neil and I started going to Opening Day together.

During those years, Fenway was cherished, but it was also viewed as outdated. There were proposals to move the stadium to the South Boston waterfront. Thankfully, the people of Massachusetts aren’t too keen on publicly financing a new stadium for a billionaire, and baseball fans the world over wouldn’t stand for the destruction of the sport’s greatest cathedral. Even better, John W. Henry and New England Sports Ventures, who purchased the club in 2001, listened to their customers, which is all the more admirable because they didn’t have to. They could’ve moved the stadium to Maine and people would’ve still come in droves. That’s what makes Boston sports fans so great. Instead of upsetting their supporters, though, the owners decided to undertake a massive project to revamp Fenway rather than replace it. The first big change was the arrival of the Monster Seats, which are now one of the park’s most

Go Sox!

–Steven Brooks

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