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Henry: Fenway Park will need replacing someday, but I won’t be the one to tear it down

Fenway Park 1915

Fenway Park, that 102-year-old symbol of all that is right in baseball, will need replacing someday, says owner John Henry, but he won’t be the one to tear the place down.

“Structurally there is an expiration date,” Henry said while making an appearance at Red Sox spring training in Fort Myers. “Someone at some point in decades ahead will have to address the possibility of a new ballpark.”

But, he added, it won’t be him.

“No, no,” Henry said. “I think you’re several decades away, a good 30 years and hopefully we’ll still be around, but we’ll leave that for the next ownership group.”

Henry’s ownership group is responsible for the state of Fenway Park today: they funded the improvements, including the Green Monster seats, that turned a great ballpark into a classic. To say that Fenway Park renovations are the blueprint for all other old-ballpark improvements is an understatement: the proposed improvements to Wrigley Field, for instance, are directly lifted from the Fenway Park handbook.

Postcard: Fenway Park in 1915. Interested in more old ballpark postcards and photos? Check out our Facebook Old Ballparks page!


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