FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Despite a winter of historic snow in Boston, Red Sox president/CEO Larry Lucchino is confident that Fenway Park will be ready for baseball on April 13, when the Washington Nationals come to town for the home opener.
Boston opens the season with a six-game road trip to Philadelphia and the Bronx.
"It certainly is not ready now, and there's plenty of snow there. It will be ready," said Lucchino. "There are some new improvements that we've put in this year that I think will be there on time. We'll make it -- unless we have another month of snow, in which case I suppose all bets are off on that. The probabilities of that are remote."
As Fenway gets ready for season No. 104, Lucchino is excited about some of the latest improvements.
"There will be improved WiFi throughout the ballpark bowl," said Lucchino. "There's a new suite down the left-field line. It's kind of a group party suite."
And one thing opponents who come to Fenway will appreciate is getting their own weight room.
"One of the good things we're doing is putting a weight room on the visitors' side," Lucchino said. "I hated the idea that the visitors came over to our side and lifted weights and then came back after the game and penetrated our space. So we put one over there for them in order to separate the two ecosystems."
Ian Browne is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Brownie Points, and follow him on Twitter @IanMBrowne. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.