Wednesday, October 27, 2004

Red Sox seek approval to expand Fenway capacity by 10%

By Chris Reidy
Boston Globe Staff
October 27, 2004

The Red Sox yesterday received preliminary approval from the Boston Landmarks Commission to expand Fenway Park's capacity by 10 percent, presenting the club's most specific designs yet on how it would add about 1,000 seats as well as extra standing room.

Although the ball club requested increasing Fenway's capacity from 36,298 to 39,928, the team's plans would not immediately use all the additional space.

The ball club also wants to expand the team's clubhouse and weight room by an addition that would be partly built on unused space between the Fenway Park faade and Van Ness Street. The design would also ease congestion by adding space behind grandstand seats along the first-base line, team officials said.

Red Sox officials hope this project can be completed in time for next season.
Then the club would add new seats and more standing room by the start of the 2006 season, said architect Janet Marie Smith, a Red Sox vice president.

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