Fenway Park remains a Boston icon

BOSTON – Fenway Park is home to the Boston Red Sox and site of the first two games of the ALCS for the Astros.

But the stadium, the oldest in Major League Baseball, is not only an icon for the city of Boston and the sports world, but in so many other realms.

"It's tied to the city of Boston. People love that," Scott Towers, manager of park tours, said. "Even concert performers will come here over going down to Gillette Stadium because they know the authenticity that this facility, this ballpark has."

Erected in April 1912, Fenway is on the bucket list for tourist destinations for many, drawing more than 300,000 tourists each year.

People hold weddings, bar mitzvahs, and even bachelor parties here -- but the biggest draw is perhaps the infamous Green Monster in left field. It's one of the toughest outfield walls for hitters to judge and a few years ago the organization built seats on the wall -- making tickets in the spot some of the most sought-after in sports.

"One reason for that is because there is not a single season ticket up here," Towers said. "So every fan in every seat for every game is a new fan."

Red Sox ownership has poured more than $300 million in renovations into the park since 2001 -- including an augmented reality feature that allows you to hear the voices of Red Sox Hall of Famers. But will time eventually catch up to this American gem?

"There's probably gonna be a day when it's time to move on," Towers said reluctantly. "But those that make those decisions don't want to be the ones that have to make that decision because this means so much to this city."

In 1999, the previous owners of the Red Sox announced plans to tear down Fenway and build a new stadium across the street, but fans, former players and local leaders launched a campaign that eventually squelched those plans.

The owners sold the team two years later.

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