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Fenway Park is officially a Historic Place

Mar 7, 2012, 5:44 PM EDT

Fenway Park AP

Just in time for its 100th anniversary, Boston’s Fenway Park was added to the National Registry of Historic Places on Wednesday.

Here’s the team’s statement:

The Red Sox have been working with the Massachusetts Historic Commission and the National Park Service over the past few months to have Fenway Park added to the National Register of Historic Places. Today, the club received notification from the National Park Service that our application has been approved.

The commitment to preserve all that is good about Fenway Park was made to fans more than a decade ago, and we are pleased that Fenway Park will be counted among America’s most treasured historical places, ensuring that it is protected and enjoyed by future generations. This important designation is a significant part of Fenway Park’s 100th anniversary celebrations, and we look forward to formally celebrating it alongside the National Park Service and our preservation partners during the 2012 anniversary season.

According to Wikipedia, Fenway joins more than 86,000 other sites in the registry. Only New York (5.385) hosts more of the sites than does Massachusetts (4,118).

  1. drunkenhooliganism - Mar 7, 2012 at 5:53 PM

    Do the rats have to wear tuxedos and speak in an old-timey accent now?

  2. ezthinking - Mar 7, 2012 at 6:05 PM

    Future changes to the stadium just got very difficult. Good and bad.

    • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Mar 7, 2012 at 6:56 PM

      I don’t know if it will need too many future changes, at least not any time soon. The organization has done a fantastic job preserving Fenway’s history while making it into a 21st century ballpark.

    • jwbiii - Mar 8, 2012 at 9:00 AM

      I imagine this is what the months of negotiations with the Massachusetts Historic Commission and the National Park Service was about.

  3. drewzducks - Mar 7, 2012 at 7:06 PM

    Just awful. Been going there since the mid 70’s. The renovations are nice but the seats, viewing angle and lack of leg room make it incredibly uncomfortable to watch a game. Wish it would burn to the ground.

  4. randygnyc - Mar 7, 2012 at 8:43 PM

    That adjective is apropos in light of last seasons September performance.

  5. dirtyharry1971 - Mar 7, 2012 at 9:32 PM

    I 100% agree with this and its long overdue. I mean after all the Historicial collapes that boston has pulled off over the last 100 years it makes perfect sense to me. Long live fenway and the collapes!!!

  6. bigzant82 - Mar 7, 2012 at 10:30 PM

    but why didnt dey do this too yankees stadium ugh they tear it down but leave the ugly green monster up??

    • aceshigh11 - Mar 8, 2012 at 8:00 AM

      Poor baby.

      I guess you’ll just have to console yourself with your 27 World Series titles.

      • bigzant82 - Mar 8, 2012 at 8:35 AM

        im not a yankees fan just a proud nyc’er that misses and loved the old yankee stadium and not the new lame 1

      • aceshigh11 - Mar 8, 2012 at 8:48 AM

        The new one is pretty slick, that’s for sure.

  7. El Bravo - Mar 8, 2012 at 10:12 AM

    Thanks for not saying “an historic” like some pretentious douchebag that THINKS he knows grammar, when in fact, he does not.

  8. tuftsb - Mar 8, 2012 at 12:13 PM

    According to the Field of Schemes web site in early 2011, there is a financial benefit to the decision:

    “Starting in around 2006, the Red Sox have been applying for state tax credits from a pool designated for historic preservation projects. (Eligible projects can have up to 20% of their costs paid for by the state.) They’ve received $11.1 million so far, and are seeking an additional $28.4 million. “

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