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MLB Ballpark Rankings: Boston Red Sox
Boston Red Sox
Boston Red Sox
Fenway Park|Capacity: 39,605|Opened: 1912
OVERALL RANK
21
Fenway Park
Damian Strohmeyer/SI
Category Rank (1-30)
30
Affordability
How would you rate the affordability of a trip to your hometown ballpark?
Poor Below Average Average Above Average Excellent
58.9% 24% 8.6% 4.7% 3.9%
Ticket Costs
Average Ticket % Increase From 2007 MLB Rank MLB Average Ticket
$48.80 10.1% 30th $25.43
Category Rank (1-30)
24
Food
How would you rate the food at the ballpark?
Poor Below Average Average Above Average Excellent
3.5% 6.1% 42.1% 34.8% 13.5%
How would you rate the cost of food and beverages at the ballpark?
Poor Below Average Average Above Average Excellent
35.2% 27.5% 26% 9.1% 2.1%
What is the must-have food item offered at the ballpark and what makes it so good?
  • "Fenway Franks. Don't worry, they're not made from the Fenway Friends (rats) that live behind the Green Monster."
  • "Kettle corn. Five bucks for a large bag. Best deal in the park."
  • "El Tiante's Cuban sandwich just outside the park. Luis Tiant is often there overlooking the operation and greeting customers."
  • "RemDogs. Probably the best hot dogs anywhere. They're all beef, I believe, and have a distinct taste that you can't get anywhere else. And they're really really big, too, so once you've waited 45 minutes to get it, you're happy for the whole game."
  • "Legal Sea Food chowder. It's chowda!"
Category Rank (1-30)
2
Team Quality
How would you rate the quality of the product currently being put on the field by the hometown team?
Poor Below Average Average Above Average Excellent
0.9% 0.3% 2.8% 7.8% 88.2%
Which player on your team is the most worth paying to watch?
David Ortiz Josh Beckett Manny Ramirez Jacoby Ellsbury Jonathan Papelbon
39.1% 23.9% 11.7% 8.2% 8%
Damian Strohmeyer/SI
Category Rank (1-30)
1
History & Tradition
How would you rate the sense of tradition and history at the ballpark?
Poor Below Average Average Above Average Excellent
0.6% 0.2% 0.7% 4% 94.5%
Category Rank (1-30)
21
Ballpark Atmosphere
How would you rate the atmosphere at the game?
Poor Below Average Average Above Average Excellent
1.2% 0.6% 1.5% 8.3% 88.4%
How would you rate the level of personal comfort when you are sitting in your seat?
Poor Below Average Average Above Average Excellent
19% 31.9% 31.8% 7.7% 9.6%
Category Rank (1-30)
2
Fan Intelligence
How would you rate the "baseball intelligence" of the home fans?
Poor Below Average Average Above Average Excellent
1.7% 1.5% 5% 26.9% 65%
Category Rank (1-30)
27
Fan Hospitality
How would you rate the hospitality offered to fans of the opposing team?
Poor Below Average Average Above Average Excellent
16.5% 26.1% 37.6% 11.9% 8%
What is the worst incident you've witnessed against an opposing fan or yourself?
  • "My 77-year-old mother got beer spilled on her by a drunk fan -- but he sobered up fast and apologized profusely."
  • "It's Fenway Park, There's usually heckling of other fans, especially people stupid enough to wear Yankees gear. One kid got punched and had his Yankees hat burned."
  • "A middle class family of four having to drop a week's salary to go to the game."
  • "Can't repeat what happens when someone wears their Yankees gear to Fenway."
  • "I saw a visiting fan walking down a row in Section 3 one time and he was so thrilled with his first time at Fenway until he sat down and was directly behind one of the green steel support beams. He couldn't see a thing -- I thought he was gonna cry! Gotta know those old parks!"
  • "Haven't personally seen an incident. Fenway is good about escorting rowdy/drunk fans OUT of the ballpark. I think the fans are much nicer to a visiting team's fans than they are to a visiting team's players. Not so nice to the players, especially the Yankees. I would assume that some Yankees fans probably are given a lot of grief as well. But at least you don't take your life in your hands going to Fenway dressed in the opponent's paraphernalia, which is not true of Yankee Stadium. That's downright dangerous."
Category Rank (1-30)
30
Promotions
How would you rate the quality of the promotions/giveaways offered by the home team?
Poor Below Average Average Above Average Excellent
15% 18.6% 46.9% 12% 7.5%
What is the best promotion/giveaway your team has offered? What is the worst? What is a promotion you'd like to see?
  • "Best promo would be: Take a cut against Dice-K."
  • "Great promo idea: An evening with Clay Buchholz's Penthouse Pet girlfriend"
  • "My first game was on Free Derek Lowe Poster Night. He was still a closer at the time, got the call in the ninth and he blew the game right away. Everybody ripped up the posters and threw them as he got booed off the field. "
  • "Win a trip to Mars with Manny Ramirez. "
  • "Win Coco Crisp Night was the best. "
  • "In my 25 years of attending games at Fenway, I've never received any giveaway."
Category Rank (1-30)
29
Getting To The Game
How would you rate the traffic to and from the ballpark?
Poor Below Average Average Above Average Excellent
36.9% 27.3% 27.4% 5.1% 3.3%
How would you rate the parking availability/cost at the ballpark?
Poor Below Average Average Above Average Excellent
58.6% 23.7% 13.1% 2.6% 2.1%
How would you rate the public transportation options to and from the ballpark?
Poor Below Average Average Above Average Excellent
2.6% 6% 29.1% 37.6% 24.8%
Category Rank (1-30)
7
Neighborhood
How would you rate the dining and drinking options within walking distance of the ballpark?
Poor Below Average Average Above Average Excellent
1.3% 3.6% 18.2% 32.5% 44.3%

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