Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Battle of the Bandboxes

A few weeks ago, I made my first trip to Wrigley Field (long overdue). Below I compare the two oldest major league baseball stadiums: Wrigley Field and Fenway Park.

Close call on this one...
Fenway has done a great job to integrate the surrounding streets into the ballpark experience. But, I am turned off by the bar scene which has been "upgraded" from dive bars with great atmosphere to swanky sportsbars with flat screens and blasting hip hop.

The neighborhood surrounding Wrigley really gives you that classic baseball feel. Solid bar scene. The clincher...they built stands on top of the apartment buildings.

Wrigley's menu makes you feel like you're at a baseball game. Fenway's menu makes you feel like you could be at a Cheesecake Factory. What happened to, "Buy me some peanuts and Cracker Jack?" AND...Wrigley sells beer in the stands.

Proximity to Field-Fenway
The main seating bowl at Wrigley is noticeably larger than Fenway's.

Unless you are tucked away in the rightfield corner or way up in the bleachers, the Fenway experience is as tight as they come in major league baseball. Recent seating additions above the Green Monster and to the roof boxes really frames the stadium nicely and gives fans an even greater feeling of intimacy.

Old School-Wrigley
No video scoreboards. Very little advertising. How do they resist the temptation?

Red Sox Nation is in the game. Wrigley Nation is in the bag.

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