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Boston Red Sox Leaders Showcase Fenway Park Improvements

Prior to Major League Baseball’s 2023 Opening Day, Boston Red Sox leaders hosted a tour to preview offseason improvements made to Fenway Park.

On March 28, Red Sox President & CEO Sam Kennedy and COO Jonathan Gilula led a tour with Boston Mayor Michelle Wu to officially unveil updated spaces and amenities for players and fans and highlight new concession offerings from Fenway Park’s concessionaire, Aramark, that will be available for the new baseball season.

Source: Twitter @MayorWu

According to an MLB press release, Fenway Park updates include the following:

Revamped Red Sox Player Locker Room

As part of an ongoing effort to enhance the facilities in the Red Sox clubhouse and centered around feedback from players and coaching staff, the Red Sox locker rooms have been remodeled and reengineered for the 2023 season.

The refurbished player locker room space features new, custom maple lockers with closeable doors and generously sized to accommodate more storage space for personal belongings. The lockers feature built-in, multi-color LED lighting with power and USB charging stations and a lockable safe for valuables. The entire locker room has been outfitted with a new LED lighting system, premium sound system, and 16 state-of-the-art television displays overhead that offer 360-degree views from the lockers. The space also has a newly furnished seating area for pre- and post-game use.

Throughout the renovated space, new energy-efficient LED lighting with automated controls were added, and custom storage units for game bats and player apparel have been outfitted in the space. A new, on-site laundry service area with commercial washers and dryers have also been installed for player uniform laundering. Throughout the clubhouse, images of the 2004, 2007, 2013, and 2018 World Series Championships along with new artwork, signage, and graphics have been integrated into the space. 

Coaches Room Enhancements, New Women’s Locker Room, Tunnel Refresh

In addition to the player locker room, a new, expanded Coaches Locker Room has also been created with new custom maple lockers, workstations, television screens, a food and beverage center, and a private restroom and showering area. A newly constructed Women’s Locker Room has also been added with a private restroom and shower area as well as custom lockers, workstations, televisions, and food and beverage center.

Mayor Wu (center) joined Red Sox leaders on the tour. Source: @RedSox

The tunnel from the Red Sox Clubhouse that leads to the dugout received several enhancements, including new LED light fixtures and graphics depicting Championship banners.

LED Field Lighting

A new, energy-efficient LED field lighting system has been installed this offseason in the Fenway Park light towers that will provide better visibility for players and fans during night games. The installation of LED lighting is another step in the ongoing effort to make Fenway Park a more sustainable venue.

The previous field lighting system was originally installed in 1982 and consisted of metal halide light fixtures. The new LED system offers superior brightness and clarity and improved uniformity of lighting on the playing field. The LED lighting system offers a 10- to 20-time longer product life than the previous lighting and is more eco-friendly with its energy conservation and CO2 emission reduction.

The new LED field lighting system was made possible through the assistance of project partners Musco Lighting, ME Engineers, Sullivan & McLaughlin Electrical, Glancy Crane & Rigging, Midwest Helicopter, and Eversource, with additional collaboration from local agencies including the Boston Police and Fire Departments, Inspectional Services, Public Works, Boston Transportation Department, as well as the Federal Aviation Administration.

MLB Rule Changes

In accordance with Major League Baseball’s new rules for the 2023 season, five clocks will be in place at Fenway Park: two on the field wall behind home plate, one affixed to the main videoboard, one on the light tower in center field, and one high above home plate directly beneath the Dell Technologies level.

Pitchers now have 15 seconds with empty bases and 20 seconds with runner(s) on base to deliver their pitch. The pitch clock debuted during Spring Training and helped speed up the pace of game by 26 minutes compared to 2022 Spring Training games.

Red Sox President & CEO Sam Kennedy and Mayor Wu walk along the field. Source: @MayorWu

Additionally, bigger, 18” bases have also been installed in the infield, decreasing the distance between bases by 4.5” from first base to second base and second base to third base.

Assisted Listening Device Technology

A new  Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)-compliant assisted listening device technology called the Listen EVERYWHERE app is a new feature at Fenway Park this season, allowing fans to conveniently stream game audio directly to any compatible mobile phone or tablet in real time using Bluetooth technology while connected to Fenway Park Wifi.

Directions to downloading the Listen EVERYWHERE app on a personal device are available in the Fan Services section of the MLB Ballpark app. Fans can also visit Fan Services booths at Gate B and E to pick up an assisted listening device for their use during the game.

MassMutual Partnership

MassMutual, a signature partner of the Boston Red Sox, is now featured prominently in centerfield with an iconic 80-foot-long long by 10-foot-high sign above the main videoboard. The letters of the interactive sign can change color in recognition of special celebrations throughout the season. The five dots that are part of MassMutual’s logo will keep track of balls and strikes during games.

MassMutual will also have signage featured throughout the ballpark, including fixed signage on the center pad behind home plate, in the Red Sox interview room, and on a patch affixed to the sleeve of Red Sox player jerseys.

Expansion of AI Check-Out Technology and New Fenway Park Concessions

Fenway Park will expand its artificial intelligence (AI) self-checkout offering that debuted last season in the Truly Terrace to other areas of the ballpark this season. A self-checkout, grab-and-go kiosk has been added in the concourse behind Home Plate, and two new units that allow for contactless beverage checkout are now available on the State Street Pavilion Level and in the Big Concourse. Four self-dispensing popcorn machines with AI self-checkout capabilities are also available in the Big Concourse and in the left field State Street Pavilion Level.

Fenway Park concessionaire Aramark will debut several new gameday offerings for the 2023 season, including crabcake sandwiches, avocado fries, and gluten-free cheese pizza made with a cauliflower crust. Classic ballpark favorites such as grande nachos in a baseball helmet and steak and cheese will now be available at concession stands throughout the ballpark.

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