Plans call for $4M in upgrades
Boston Herald | By Donna Goodison and Bob McGovern
August 18, 2016
Owners of the Boston Red Sox are again eyeing an expansion at historic Fenway Park, with an estimated $4 million of plans for more dugout-area seating for fans, new suites, a right-field grandstand bar and a removable bullpen field wall so the park can fit regulation FIFA soccer and college football games.
Fenway Park’s existing stationary bullpen field wall would be replaced with a new removable wall to accommodate the regulation Federation Internationale de Football Association soccer pitch and college football field.
Red Sox principal owner John Henry also owns England’s Liverpool Football Club, a Premier League team. Fenway Park has hosted “friendly” exhibition matches featuring Liverpool and other European soccer giants.
The plans for a regulation FIFA pitch raise the question of whether Fenway’s owners could be open to hosting New England Revolution soccer games. The Kraft Group-owned Major League Soccer team is in a similar situation to the New York City Football Club, also an MLS team. Both are looking for new stadiums in their respective cities, and both have had problems finding a suitable place to break ground and build.
NYCFC currently plays at Yankee Stadium — the team is partly owned by New York Yankees owner Yankee Global Enterprises — while the Revolution play home games at the Kraft Group’s Gillette Stadium in Foxboro.
The Revs are looking at the Boston market, and conceivably home games at a newly expanded Fenway would give the team an opportunity to introduce itself to the very market it seeks to join.