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n today's society some of the best things are ones that change little and remain basically the same as they have for decades. Fenway Park is an example of this as the Boston Red Sox have remained committed to staying at this classic ballpark that they have called home since 1912. It is the oldest major league ballpark in use and still retains the same feel and characteristics as it did when it opened. The history of the Red Sox dates back to 1901 when they became a charter member of the American League. Instead of opting to play at the Boston Braves home, South End Grounds, the Red Sox, then known as the Americans (1901-1907), built Huntington Avenue Grounds on site of a wasteland in 1901. This rickety wooden ballpark had a seating capacity of just over 11,000 and was home to the team for a decade.

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1901

1901 when they became a charter member of the American League. Instead of opting to play at the Boston Braves home, South End Grounds, the Red Sox, then known as the Americans (1901-1907), built Huntington Avenue Grounds on site of a wasteland in 1901. This rickety wooden ballpark had a seating capacity of just over 11,000 and was home to the team for a decade.

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1912

Though generations have come and gone, Fenway Park remains, much like it did the day it opened on April 20, 1912

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1912
  1. It is the oldest major league ballpark in use and still retains the same feel and characteristics as it did when it opened. The history of the Red Sox dates

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1920

1920s were not the best of times for the Red Sox franchise.

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1926

On May 8, 1926 , Fenway Park caught fire, destroying bleacher seats down the left field line. Yet nothing was done until Tom Yawkey bought the Red Sox in 1933. Yawkey, a rich man devoted to getting the Red Sox a championship, re-did the stadium in 1934. He put concrete bleachers in center to replace the old wood ones, "Duffy's Cliff" was leveled off (not completely), and the 37' wooden left field wall was replaced by a more durable, 37' sheet metal structure. This would later be known as the "Green Monster". However, the screen was replaced after the 2002 season with more seating atop the Green Monster (in an attempt to fit as many seats as possible in Fenway)

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1940

In 1940, bullpens were constructed in right field bringing the fence 23' closer to home plate.

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1947

Sky-view seats were put in during 1946, followed by lights in 1947, and Diamond Vision over the center field bleachers in 1976. Private suites were added to the roof in 1983, and a glassed-in seating section called the 600 Club was built behind home plate in 1988

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1974

Fenway Park unusual facts: 1. In 1974 Willie Horton once hit a foul ball that killed a pigeon in flight. 2. While many ballplayers have cleared "the green monster," not one has ever hit a ball over the right-field roof. 3.

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1983

Private suites were added to the roof in 1983, and a glassed-in seating section called the 600 Club was built behind home plate in 1988.

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1983

1983, and a glassed-in seating section called the 600 Club was built behind home plate in 1988. Scientists and studies have showed that the installation on the 600 Club has affected the wind currents in Fenway, creating swirling winds around the field instead of a direct wind towards the outfield often times

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2002

September - Turnstiles added on Yawkey Way to make the street part of the park on game days.

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2003

April - Green Monster seats added; two rows of seats added behind home plate.
August - Big Concourse under right field grandstand and bleachers renovated.

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2004

Right Field Roof Box seats added; Ted Williams statue unveiled

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2005

New playing field installed to provide better drainage; improvements to clubhouse and media room plus a new player lounge; space behind infield grandstand widened to create First Base Deck.