In recognition of the historic and architectural/engineering significance of Boston’s Fenway Park, the National Park Service has listed the venerable, beloved ballpark in its National Register of Historic Places.
Boston Red Sox team officials and National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis will celebrate the designation by unveiling the National Register plaque during a pre-game ceremony prior to Game 1 of today’s doubleheader against the New York Yankees. Following the unveiling, Director Jarvis will throw out the game’s ceremonial first pitch.
“Recognizing the incredible history of this ballpark through the National Register designation is a great way to bring the national parks and the national pastime together,” said Jarvis. “Fenway is a treasured American icon for baseball fans across the country. It, along with the Boston area’s 11 national parks, helps attract visitors from around the world to one of our nation’s most vibrant cities, expanding opportunities for business and tourism that generate economic returns for Boston and the nearby communities.”
“John Henry, Tom Werner, and I, on behalf of our partners, made a commitment to preserve Fenway Park more than a decade ago, and we are pleased that as a result of that renovation effort, Fenway Park will now be counted among America’s most treasured historical places, ensuring that it is protected and enjoyed by future generations,” said Red Sox President/CEO Larry Lucchino. “This important designation is a significant part of Fenway Park's 100th anniversary celebrations, and we are proud and excited to celebrate it formally alongside the National Park Service and our preservation partners during this 2012 anniversary season.”
Since 1912, Fenway Park has been home to the Boston Red Sox, one of the most storied franchises in American sports. It is the oldest venue used by any professional sports team in the United States and one of the few remaining fields from the early 20th-century’s “Golden Age of Ballparks.” In addition to Red Sox baseball and myriad other professional sporting events, Fenway Park has witnessed a microcosm of American history over the last century, hosting events as varied as World War II bond rallies; political rallies, including the final campaign speech of Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s career; and concerts that reflect the diversity of American music, from Frank Sinatra to Jimmy Buffett. With its listing this year, Fenway Park is the only sports venue currently used by a professional sports team (MLB, NFL, NBA, NHL) to be so designated.
The National Park Service’s National Register of Historic Places is the official list of the nation's historic places worthy of preservation. Listing in the National Register makes Fenway Park eligible for federal historic rehabilitation tax credits administered by the National Park Service.
Additional information about Fenway Park and its 100th anniversary celebration can be found at www.fenwaypark100.com; the National Register of Historic Places is online at www.nps.gov/nr.