Red Sox Install Free WiFi at Fenway Park; Tributes to Pedro Martinez, Healthy Foods from Fenway Farms, New Kids Meals Among Summertime Promotions and Second-Half Initiatives

Tributes to Pedro Martinez, Healthy Foods from Fenway Farms, New Kids Meals among summertime promotions and second-half initiatives

BOSTON, MA - Starting this Friday night, fans of the Boston Red Sox will have access to free WiFi service throughout Fenway Park. For the first time, all fans will be able to surf the internet for free, eliminating the need to use their cellular data and providing faster service. The improvement is part of a host of initiatives, events, and promotions that follow the All-Star Break, the proverbial half-way point of the season.

Viva, Pedro…Viva, Dominicana!

To celebrate Pedro Martinez's induction this Sunday into the National Baseball Hall of Fame, the Red Sox will present a series of tributes, including a two-day, two-language retirement of his uniform number on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Because the Sunday Red Sox game versus Detroit was moved to 8 p.m. to accommodate ESPN, fans can watch Pedro's speech on the Fenway Park videoboard at 7 p.m. On Monday, the club will give all fans attending the game Fathead decals honoring him and his Number 

On Tuesday, July 28, in ceremonies presented in English, the club will retire his number, and will give fans attending the game a replica of his Hall of Fame plaque, presented by Golds Horseradish. 

On Wednesday, July 29, the club will pay tribute to fans from his native Dominican Republic, repeating the ceremony in Spanish as part of "Viva Dominicana Night." Fans will receive Dominican flags and postcard replicas of Martinez's Hall of Fame plaque copy in Spanish. On both nights, Pedro's actual new bronze Hall of Fame plaque will be on display at Fenway, and fans are invited to take pictures of it and with it. (It will also be accessible to all fans at the Red Sox Team Store on Yawkey Way Wednesday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.) Pedro will attend both nights.

The homestand versus the Detroit Tigers, the Chicago White Sox, and the Tampa Bay Rays is the first of two straight that are 10 games in 10 days, the longest of the season.

More Good News for Kids

In a season in which the Red Sox are "Calling All Kids," presented by Hood, children 14 and under can enjoy a new Kids Meal from Aramark, the Fenway Park concessionaire. Grilled Cheese, Animal Crackers, and Capri Sun will be sold at a new Kids Concession Stand located inside Gate K (for Kids) on the Kids Concourse, which opened at the beginning of the season. 

The meal is the second Kids Meal, in addition to the popular peanut butter and jelly sandwich, Goldfish, and Capri Sun Kids Meal previously introduced. Kids Meals are only $5. Other new kids fare includes chicken fries and frozen chocolate covered bananas.

Tasty Burger, the official burger of the Boston Red Sox, will also present a kids' meal at their stand at the Ketel One Vodka Third Base Deck. It features a cheeseburger or hamburger, mini tater-tots, and a surprise Tasty Burger treat.

A revamped Kids Concourse now features the speed-of-pitch attraction (formerly on Yawkey Way), a DJ playing music on weekend day games, and Fenway Bingo cards at a nearby Fan Services Booth and Gate D & E.

Fenway Farms Growing Wild

The growth of vegetables at the popular new Fenway Farms on the ballpark's roof has inspired two Fenway Farms Delis, one in the Right Field Concourse and one on the third base side across from the Visitors' Clubhouse. Kale Salad with assorted fixings-all home grown-and a Kale Chicken Caesar Wrap, are among the new offerings. Fenway Farms, featuring vegetables grown in full view at Fenway Park, is presented by Stop & Shop, Dole, Sage Fruit, and Aramark.

Budweiser Brew House: From Fish Tacos to Banana Splits

Now open to all ticketed fans, the Right Field Roof Deck has a new Budweiser Brew House. Specialty food options include fish tacos, truffle-parmesan fries, flatbreads, Reuben sandwiches, and banana split brownie sundaes. A DJ plays music pregame Fridays and Saturdays.

More Menu Options from Aramark

Meatball Obsession, the Kids Concourse kiosk serving turkey and beef meatballs in a cup, adds a new stand on Yawkey Way. Meatball Obsession is the official Meatball of the Boston Red Sox. 

Aramark will also introduce a new Green Monster steak and cheese loaded sub, on the Green Monster, at Yawkey Way, Gate E, the Big Concourse, and the Home Plate Concourse.

Finally, to help celebrate the 40th anniversary of the 1975 Red Sox World Series team, the Red Sox, Aramark and Coca Cola have released four souvenir soda cups featuring these 1975 stars: Carlton Fisk, Luis Tiant, Bernie Carbo, and Fred Lynn.

Seat Upgrades

Fans can now upgrade their seats after they have entered the park through mlb.com's Ballpark App. Selecting the "Upgrade" option, fans will see a list of available seats, and the new location will be loaded on their phone and can be shown to the usher. 

Just for Moms

New Mothers's Rooms are dedicated to those who need nursing stations, including a pod presented by Cleanwell. Three locations include the Kids Concourse; Level 2 at the top of the grandstand behind home plate; and Level 5 behind the State Street Pavilion Box.

A Bit More About WiFi, DAS, and Connectivity

Earlier this season, the club expanded the ballpark's cellular network and Distributed Antenna System (DAS) to deliver improved wireless cellular service within the ballpark. The WiFi expansion, in partnership with Major League Baseball Advanced Media, has tripled Fenway Park's WiFi capabilities, making it one of the most digitally connected venues in all of sports.

THE SUMMARY OF INNOVATIONS AT FENWAY PARK

  1.     NEW WIFI FOR ALL FANS AT FENWAY PARK
  2.      VIVA PEDRO…VIVA DOMINICANA!:
    1.      Sunday, July 26: Watch his Hall of Fame Induction Speech on the Fenway Park videoboard at 7 p.m. before the 8 p.m. game versus Detroit.
    2.     Monday, July 27: Fans receive Pedro 45 Fatheads.
    3.      Tuesday, July 28:
      1.                                               Retirement of Pedro's 45 (in English)
      2.                                              All fans receive replicas of Pedro's Hall of Fame Plaque
    4.     Wednesday, July 29: Viva Dominicana:
      1.                                               Retirement of Pedro's 45 in Spanish
      2.                                              Dominican flags
      3.                                             Postcards of Pedro's Hall of Fame Plaque copy in Spanish
  3.      NEW KIDS MEALS AND MORE KIDS FARE:
    1.      Grilled Cheese, Animal Crackers, and Capri Sun
    2.     Chicken Fries and Frozen Chocolate Covered Bananas
  4.      TASTY BURGER KIDS MEALS
  5.      A REVAMPED KIDS CONCOURSE
    1.      Speed of Pitch Attraction
    2.     DJ on weekend day games
    3.      Fenway Bingo Cards
  6.      NEW FENWAY FARMS DELIS
    1.      Kale Salad with the fixings
    2.     Kale Chicken Caesar Wraps
  7.      NEW BUDWEISER BREW HOUSE
    1.      Fish tacos
    2.     Truffle-parmesan fries
    3.      Flatbreads
    4.     Reubens
    5.      Banana split brownie sundaes
    6.      DJ pregame Fridays and Saturdays
  8.      MEATBALL OBSESSION II-A second stand, this one on Yawkey Way
  9.      GREEN MONSTER STEAK AND CHEESE LOADED SUBS
  10.   SOUVENIR CUPS OF CARLTON FISK, LUIS TIANT, BERNIE CARBO, AND FRED LYNN in honor of the 40th anniversary of the 1975 AL Champions
  11.   SEAT UPGRADES USING MLB.COM'S BALLPARK APP
  12.   MOTHER'S ROOMS (FOR NURSING)