Tuesday April 9th, the Green Monstah will be ready to welcome the 2018 World Series Champion Boston Red Sox back to Fenway Park.
Last week, Sam Kennedy, President and CEO of the Club, announced the team is eager to play ball at home after the season opened on a long western stretch.
Kennedy also said, fans of baseball will notice the Club has been busy making a few changes at “America’s Most Beloved Ballpark” since the team left the field last Fall. For starters, he along with Chairman and CEO of MGM Resorts, Jim Murren, unveiled the latest logo to join the most iconic location in professional sports. Just above the score board Leo the MGM Lion signifies a roaring, cross-promotional partnership between the Sox and the global entertainment company’s new Springfield casino, located just 80 miles west of Boston.
With casino President Michael Mathis, the triad explained they support the efforts of Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker to legalize sports betting in the Commonwealth as an addition to the entertainment options in the state, saying, “we all know a ton of illicit gambling has been going on for a long, long time. Legalization of sports gambling will enhance fan engagement and entertainment.”
In addition to the new mid-field logo, visitors to the park can look for AR icons installed outside and on all levels throughout Fenway. After downloading the MLB Ballpark app, AR designated zones provide fans with an experience of ‘Augmented Reality’ such as reliving Manny Ramirez’s 501 foot homer, David Ortiz’s run after his 54th and a chance to engage in a new way with Yaz and the teammate statues.
No day at the park is complete until the concession stands have served up a hometown favorite snack. Classic Fenway Franks will be served with an expanded selection of steak, burgers, blooming onion rings, potato puffs, bacon on a stick and a dazzling collection of desserts. At the 107-year-old home of baseball, there’s something new for everyone.
Other highlights of the Sox exciting upcoming season include a trip in May to the White House when President Donald Trump will honor the World Series Champs. Then on June 29thand 30thlook for the team to roll into London for the first ever, international regular-season slugfest against the New York Yankees where the Boston Red Sox will be given home team advantage.
Diane Kilgore is a journalist in the Greater Boston Area. She is a Cultural Contributor for NewBostonPost and creator of the lifestyle blog ‘To Di For.’