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Red Sox freeze concession prices for 2009, add April happy hour

The Boston Red Sox are freezing concession prices and adding a Fenway Happy Hour for April.
The Boston Red Sox are holding the line on concession prices at Fenway Park for 2000, marking the first Fenway Park concession price freeze since 2002.

The Red Sox are freezing existing prices while also adding many discounts to the mix, including the introduction of what the team calls "Fenway Family Hour," which lowers the price of staples like Fenway Franks for the first month of the season.

During April, the Red Sox will offer reduced prices on "The Starting Nine" (Fenway Franks, pizza slices, pretzels, popcorn, cotton candy, fruit cups, veggie cups, bags of sliders and Hoodsie ice cream cups) for the first hour after the doors open. The discount is available at all locations throughout the ballpark and there is no limit on the number of items purchased. The Red Sox Team Store on Yawkey Way will also have select merchandise, including Red Sox hats and T-shirts, available at a substantial discount during the family hour period.

This year the Red Sox will host a series of special sessions once a homestand where fans attending games can meet and take photos with a player or coach. The photo sessions, which will take place after the end of Red Sox Batting Practice for approximately 30 minutes, will begin during the second homestand and continue throughout the regular season. Individual session dates will be announced prior to each home stand. A number of fan-focused amenities have been enhanced for the 2009 season. Fenway "First Timers" — fans on their inaugural ballpark visit — can now go to any Fan Information Booth to receive a special First-Timer sticker, a FanFoto voucher for a free personal or family photograph at the ballpark and sign up for a free welcome message on the Fenway Park scoreboard. The Best Buy Players Club has been fitted with flat-screen televisions, video game consoles and other amenities to provide fans with a comfortable place to relax and seek shelter from the weather. Located in the Big Concourse behind the Bleachers, the Club is available to all ticketholders once the game commences.

Fan-favorite activities will continue throughout the ballpark this season. Fans of all ages can enjoy watching batting practice from as close as the first row of seats around the field. For a 7:10 p.m. game, Red Sox batting practice is from 4:30 – 5:30 p.m. and Visitors Batting Practice is from 5:30 – 6:15 p.m. From the time gates open through game time, the Big Concourse offers plenty of picnic tables and stand-up tables where fans can gather to enjoy live entertainment, face painting and balloon artists, or catch some of the pre-game show on one of the many televisions in the area.

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