Gilbane Completes Fenway Renovations

Mayor’s Walkthrough – (l-r) Jonathan Gilula, Red Sox exec.VP / Business Affairs; Boston Mayor Marty Walsh; Sam Kennedy, Red Sox president; and Bill Scannell, president, Global Enterprise Sales & Customer Operations Dell EMC / ©2017 Billie Weiss/Boston Red Sox

Boston – Gilbane successfully beat winter conditions and an aggressive schedule to safely complete improvements and renovations at Fenway Park. The renovations were completed in time for the Boston Red Sox season opening day game on April 3.

The depth of both the home and visitor dugouts has been increased by moving the front rail of the dugouts forward 3 feet, providing better circulation, improved sight lines from bench seating areas, and additional space for storage of bats and helmets. The field wall between the dugouts has been moved forward the same 3 feet to align with the dugout expansion, allowing for the addition of a new row of seats in the area from home plate to each dugout, and additional rows of seating behind the camera pits on the first and third base side. A total of 124 new seats have been added. The new, relocated field wall houses new televisions and built-in antennae systems, which required significant coordination among all parties involved.

Four new day-of-game suites have been constructed on the State Street Pavilion level of the ballpark. The new party suites offer great views of both the playing field and the Boston sky line and can be used as individual spaces for 12 people or combined to create single, expanded suites accommodating 24.

Additionally, several rows in the back of the right field grandstand were removed to accommodate the construction of the new “Tully Tavern” bar area. Terraces with swivel stools, tables, and standing room spaces feature charging stations and 64-inch televisions.

Other projects include the right field foul pole, “Pesky Pole,” which underwent extensive structural repairs to reinforce areas that were impacted by general wear and tear over the years. A new removable field wall system has been installed in front of the bullpens, in the same location and with the same dimensions, to better accommodate nonbaseball events that continue to be popular at Fenway Park. Additionally, a new video board was installed in right field, replacing the Cumberland Farms sign that previously occupied that space and requiring significant structural reinforcement.


“This year’s project is the largest renovation in Fenway Park in six years.   The project demanded an aggressive schedule, with all construction operations being completed before the Red Sox season home opener vs the Pittsburgh Pirates April 3,” noted Justin MacEachern, Gilbane project executive. “There were several logistical challenges including working safely through the bustle of the Fenway neighborhood while keeping the park fully operational for historical tours, Spartan Races, hockey games and many other events.”

“The improvements this offseason were some of the most extensive we have undertaken in several years,” said Jonathan Gilula,. Red Sox executive vice president of business affairs “We are thankful for the partnership with Gilbane who worked around our busy schedule of events to get the work completed in time for an early April home opener, and for the hard work of the many workers whose tireless efforts kept us on track.”

The 2017 Improvements marks the seventh project in Gilbane’s successful partnership working at Fenway Park having completed projects in 2007, 2010, 2012, 2014-17 with this year’s project being the largest at Fenway Park in six years