Red Sox hosting Fenway open house April 25

Day will feature matchup between Florida A&M University, North Carolina Central University

Red Sox hosting Fenway open house April 25

BOSTON -- Though the Red Sox play in Baltimore on April 25, Fenway Park will be the backdrop for a baseball game that afternoon.

The organization will host a free open house to give fans the chance to experience Fenway during April school vacation week. The day-long event is highlighted by a showcase game between Florida A&M University and North Carolina Central University at 2 p.m. ET.

"Our open house in 2012 was popular with families during school vacation week, and we wanted to bring back this free event in which moms, dads and kids can explore the ballpark at their leisure," Red Sox president/CEO Larry Lucchino said. "An Historically Black College Baseball Showcase is a first for Fenway Park, and we are most pleased to welcome the baseball teams of Florida A&M and North Carolina Central."

In addition to the game, participating fans will have the opportunity to walk around the warning track, explore both dugouts, see inside the Green Monster scoreboard and learn more about the park's history. Former members of the Red Sox will be on hand to greet fans and sign autographs.

The event is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

"The open house is a tremendous opportunity for families to experience the magic of Fenway up close, and enjoy what will be an exciting game as we welcome Florida A&M and North Carolina Central University to Boston," Boston Mayor Martin Walsh said. "I thank the Red Sox for creating this exciting opportunity for Boston's residents and visitors."

"Mayor Martin J. Walsh was instrumental in allowing both the open house and the college game, and we thank him for helping us create an event that attracts fans from all over Boston -- and beyond," Lucchino said.

Alec Shirkey is an associate reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.