The Boston Red Sox have released a statement acknowledging the fact that Fenway Park will be listed in the National Register of Historic Places. The organization was notified today by the National Park Service that months of effort in conjunction with the Massachusetts Historic Commission and the National Park Service have culminated in the honor being bestowed on Fenway.
The statement, posted on the team’s website reads:
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.
Fenway, the country’s oldest operating major league stadium, is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year. The fact that it has been added to the National Register of Historic Places means that no major changes can be performed to the stadium without prior authorization by the Massachusetts Historic Commission.
To celebrate the 100 year anniversary, the club has several plans, including:
- The April 20 game against the New York Yankees will start at 3 p.m., the same time the game against the then-New York Highlanders was played in 1912.
- A free Fenway Park open house for fans will take place April 19.
- Charities in all six New England states will benefit from the team’s “100 acts of kindness” program.
- 100 informational plaques will be installed throughout Fenway as part of a “living museum” theme.
- 100 anniversary patches on player jerseys, baseballs and bases will be displayed.