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Saturday, April 16, 2005

New seat at Fenway

Redsox are going to add high priced seats to Fenway Wait aren't all the seats at Fenway highpriced?

The Boston Red Sox plan to add more than 1,000 high-priced seats to Fenway Park during the next three years to squeeze new revenue out of the oldest and smallest stadium in the major leagues.

The plan, which team executives detailed Friday, would add about 2,700 new seats and standing-room spots.

The team signed a deal with EMC Corp., one of the state's largest technology firms, to open a new area for luxury box seating.

Seats in the open-air EMC Club, selling for $275 apiece, will replace a portion of the glassed-in .406 Club, named after the late Ted Williams, the last player in the majors to hit .400. In honor of the Red Sox Hall of Famer, the club will have 406 seats.

The team plans to offer club members such services as waiters and padded, heated seats. The club would open at the start of the 2006 season.

Also by the 2006 opening day, the team plans to add 374 seats above the EMC Club, creating a new Home Plate Pavilion Club section. Rounding out the plan would be 852 new pavilion club seats, 745 pavilion box seats and about 200 pavilion standing-room seats along the left- and right-field lines. The additional seats will raise Fenway's capacity from 36,298 to 38,805.

How about lowering the prices on the other seats then? I love Fenway, but it sucks when it costs a few hundred dollars just to see a game.


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