BOSTON – The actual beginning of winter may be just around the corner, but so many in Red Sox Nation are looking forward to the spring. This year is something extra special. Fenway Park, America’s Most Beloved Ballpark and Major League Baseball’s oldest operating ballpark, turns 100.
Yesterday, the Boston Red Sox officially announced the schedule of events planned to celebrate this truly momentous occasions. From throwback days to fan contests, a special series of events and programs have been planned as well as a number of special products and charitable events to commemorate the centennial celebration.
The season-long celebration will highlight Fenway Park, Red Sox history, and the many other sporting, music, or philanthropic events that so many of us and our families have taken part in.
“It is with great anticipation that we announce the events for Fenway Park’s 100th Anniversary celebration,” said Principal Owner John Henry.
“As we embark on the next century of baseball in one of the great cathedrals of sport, we look forward to joining with our fans to celebrate the rich history and character of this ballpark.”
“Fenway Park is a jewel of this city and a second home to Red Sox fans,” said President Larry Lucchino. “Fenway’s important history and key role require that we celebrate this historic anniversary with great enthusiasm and pride, and we shall.”
The Sox will host an Open House on April 19, allowing fans will be able to enter the ballpark free of charge to view historical artifacts, memorabilia and other displays. April 20 is the official 100th anniversary of Fenway.
For select games during the 2012 season, the team will also be hosting Throwback Days, where both the Red Sox and the opposing team will dress in classic uniforms. Throwback Days will take place on May 2 against the Oakland A’s wearing 1936 uniforms according to a release by the Sox.
Fans can look forward to a new commemorative ticket designs for both single-game and season tickets, incorporating a black and white photo of the Gate A entrance taken in 1912.
To highlight the charitable work completed at Fenway over the last century, the Red Sox will conduct “100 Acts of Kindness”, taking place in various forms at various times. These acts are expected to take the form of donations, volunteer efforts, and community events to be hosted at Fenway.
The first two Acts of Kindness took place today with the Red Sox donating a copy of the Fenway Park: 100 Years coffee table book to each of the 18 Boston Public Library branches and each of the 125 Boston Public Schools.
Starting next week, the Red Sox will be performing six Acts of Kindness, one in each of the New England States including Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Connecticut, Maine, Vermont and Rhode Island.
The December Acts of Kindness will run from Monday, December 12 through Monday, December 19. A list is available here. Additional Acts of Kindness will be announced throughout 2012, culminating with 100 Acts by the end of year.
Additional information on these and other upcoming items and events celebrating Fenway Park’s 100th anniversary celebration are available at fenwaypark100.com.