Ah, the Boston Red Sox. New Englanders are serious about their sports teams, and Red Sox fans are a rabid bunch. Watching a game on TV is one thing, but there is nothing quite like seeing a Red Sox game at Fenway Park. The sights, the sounds, the smells, the history. If only those green walls could talk.
As great as it to be in the stands, a trip to Fenway does require some planning. The park is in the middle of the city, traffic is always an issue in Boston, and parking can difficult . . . and expensive. So, when visiting Fenway Park, be prepared. Carry cash for parking or, if you can, consider taking the T into the city.
Getting to Fenway Park
I’m not going to lie here, guys. Getting to Fenway can be a bear. Boston traffic isn’t fun on a good day, and game days are that much worse. My best advice is to give yourself plenty of time to sit in traffic or take the T from a nearby town.
Fenway Park address
As you get in the cah to drive to the pahk, enter Fenway Park’s address, 4 Jersey St, Boston, MA., into your GPS and go!
Fenway Park gates
There are five entrance gates to Fenway Park.
- Gate A: Corner of Jersey Street and Brookline Avenue
- Gate B: Corner of Van Ness Street and Ipswich Street
- Gate C: Lansdowne Street
- Gate D: Corner of Jersey Street and Van Ness Street
- Gate E: Lansdowne Street near Brookline Avenue
The closer you can get to your gate, the better. But really, park wherever it’s convenient. Parking is at a premium, and Fenway is small, so you will be able to find your seat without a problem regardless of which gate you enter through.
Parking at Fenway
How much is parking near Fenway?
I won’t lie, parking could potentially be expensive depending on when you arrive or how close you want (or need) to park. Parking can cost from $5 per hour in some garages up as much as $60 the closer you get to the park.
There are also gas stations, hotels, and other businesses that sell parking spots for the game. My best advice: arrive as early as possible, be prepared, carry enough cash, and hope for the best.
The best places to park near Fenway Park
Use this Fenway parking guide to determine the best places to park near Fenway for the direction you will be arriving from.
You can also compare prices and buy a parking pass ahead of time to avoid driving around in circles. Buy your pass early because spots will sell out before game day.
Tips for going to a Red Sox game at Fenway Park
How early can you get into Fenway Park before a game?
The gates open 90 minutes before the game. Plan to get there early because there is a lot to see and do. Grab a bite to eat, buy some souvenirs, and listen to a brass band play.
There is also plenty of entertainment for the kids. Play catch and get their picture taken with Big League Brian, the stilt walker, get their face painted, visit the balloon artist, watch the juggler. If you are there on the weekend, look for the caricature artist for a one-of-a-kind souvenir.
If you’re a Red Sox Nation member, show your valid ticket to the day’s game for the opportunity to watch batting practice from the Green Monster 20 minutes before gates open.
Where is the best place to sit at Fenway Park?
The best place to sit is subjective. If you use this interactive Fenway Park seating chart, you can click on a section, and it will pull up the approximate view of the field that you will have from that section.
We all have our personal preferences, and I prefer not to sit in the Grandstand area. These seats are under the overhang so it can be sweltering, and behind the poles, so you can end up paying good money for an obstructed view of the game.
Obstructed view seats at Fenway
When a ticket is marked as obstructed view, don’t assume that you might have to look around an awkward corner of the park. No, obstructed view usually means you will have a big pole in your face.
Even if a ticket isn’t labeled as obstructed view, you could still have a pole somewhere that will block something within your sight.
My word of caution is to avoid buying a ticket in the Grandstand section, period. I’ll happily take a bleacher seat over a Grandstand seat any day of the week.
This was our view from the bleachers. Not bad, eh?
Fenway Park bag policy
All bags must be 16″ x 16″ x 8″ or smaller; which includes backpacks, purses, and diaper bags. Hard-sided coolers are not allowed in the park regardless of their size.
All bags are subject to search at the entrance gates, so be sure you do not have any items in your bag that aren’t allowed in Fenway Park.
Can you bring a backpack into Fenway Park?
Yes, as long as it isn’t larger than 16″ x 16″ x 8″. Any bag larger than this will be allowed inside the park.
Does Fenway have a clear bag policy?
No. You can bring a regular bag that is 16″ x 16″ x 8″ or smaller in the park. All bags will be checked at the gate by security personnel.
Are there lockers at Fenway Park?
No. There aren’t any lockers at Fenway, so be mindful of what you bring in the park since you will have to keep it at your seat with you.
What is not allowed in Fenway Park?
- Weapons, including knives, guns, etc.
- Utility tools (even if they’re on a keychain)
- Hard-sided coolers
- Glass containers, bottles, cans, or metal water bottles
- Pepper spray or mace
- Laser pointers or any other item that could interfere with the game
- Alcohol and drugs, including marijuana
- Costumes and masks
- Offensive clothing items. If you wouldn’t wear it to visit grandma, don’t wear it to the game.
- Professional camera and video equipment, including tripods and monopods.
Can you bring snacks into Fenway Park?
Technically, no. Outside food is not allowed inside the park, but some people have gotten away with it. They will check your bag at the gate, so if you attempt to bring snacks into the park, do so at your own risk. You might get away with it, and you might not.
What is allowed into Fenway Park?
- Plastic water bottles 16 oz or smaller
- Strollers that you can fold and store under your seat
- Umbrellas, but they can only be used during rain delays
- Signs that do not obstruct the view of others and are free of offensive languages and themes.
- Baby carriers
Can I bring a water bottle into Fenway Park?
Yes. You may bring plastic water bottles 16 oz or smaller inside the park. Glass containers are not allowed.
What is the best thing to eat at Fenway Park?
Fenway Park food
Ballpark food has stepped up its game over the years. There are so many food choices at Fenway, and everything we’ve ever had has been rather tasty.
For me, I go simple when I’m at the ballpark. We usually get burgers and fries. We also enjoy the Regina Pizza, and, of course, a game at Fenway Park isn’t complete without trying the iconic Fenway Frank.
Whether you want a hot dog or sushi, the chances are that you can get it at Fenway Park. I could easily devote a whole post entirely to their food options, and I probably will, at some point, but for now, check out Ballpark Guides’ complete Fenway Park menu.
Can you buy Red Sox tickets at the gate?
Red Sox tickets for a game at Fenway Park tend to sell out pretty quickly. Because of this, I find that the best way to purchase tickets to a game is online.
You can print tickets at home or have them sent to the MLB Ballpark app, which is my method of choice. This way you don’t have to worry about forgetting or losing your tickets because let’s be honest, you probably won’t forget to bring your phone. Just scan each ticket into the scanner at the gate and enjoy the game!