Fenway adding seats to Green Monster
BOSTON — They won't provide the best view in Fenway Park. Far from it. Yet the 280 new seats planned atop the Green Monster should be very popular.
Fans will even have a chance to catch home run balls that used to drop into the screen above the left-field wall.
The Boston Red Sox have little reason to believe fans think the seats, expected to be ready for the home opener April 11, will deface one of baseball's most recognizable sights, team president Larry Lucchino said Wednesday.
"We've gotten nothing but positive feedback. Lots of people are eager to sit up there," he said. "I think they're going to be some of the coolest seats in baseball."
The Red Sox also unveiled other changes, which Lucchino characterized as "improvements" rather than "renovation."
Starting in April, the club will focus on the larger issue of long-term renovations of the stadium built in 1912, a study expected to take 6-12 months. Team owner John Henry said the question of renovations as opposed to building a new stadium hasn't been decided, although his first choice is a "major renovation of Fenway."
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