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Boston Red Sox Home Opener: Are You Ready for Sox Season?

Another championship banner will be added to the Fenway Park press box. Photo Credit: Bernard Gagnon

Red Sox season is nigh upon us, and with it the comes the throngs of traffic taking the Green Line to Fenway, the crowds in sports bars cheering on the home team, and of course, the favorite chant of the Fenway Faithful – “Yankees Suck!” Opening Day at Fenway is April 4, 2014 when the Sox play the Milwaukee Brewers for a 2:05 Friday afternoon home game.

Secrets to scoring great tickets

There’s nothing like the prospect of being able to say that you were at Fenway Park to see the World Champion Sox on Opening Day, especially if the team builds on the momentum of 2013 to deliver another banner year. The small size of Fenway Park already makes ticket prices the highest of any in Major League Baseball. While the Sox do offer four different plans for season tickets, you will have to get on a Wait List for any of those. If you’re looking for tickets to Opening Day, your best bet is to check ticket resellers.

Other ways to watch the game

The general atmosphere around Fenway Park is always festive (unless the Sox are on a losing streak, but hey) and this is bound to be true for Opening Day. Head to one of the sports bars around Fenway to grab a perch and watch the home opener live on the big screen, with the chants of Fenway echoing in the background. Perennial favorites near Fenway include Bleacher Bar, the Cask n Flagon, Jerry Remy’s, and Game On.

Cask n Flagon sits beside the Green Monster and offers a good selection of draft and bottle beersPhoto Credit: David Morrell

The Bleacher Bar actually lets you look right in to Fenway Park, and can make you feel as if you were in the bleachers (except, your seat is probably much more comfortable!). With a decent selection of draft and bottled beer, plus bar apps, you can’t really go wrong. The Bleacher Bar on Opening Day is sure to attract quite a crowd, so head over early to get a premium view. At the corner of Brookline Avenue, the Cask n Flagon sits beside the Green Monster and offers a good selection of draft and bottle beers, above average bar food and al fresco dining with a built-in fire pit. It’s a local institution and would make a fine spot for Opening Day. Jerry Remy’s Sports Bar and Grille, owned by sportscaster and former Sox second baseman Jerry Remy, has 32 televisions in house so wherever you sit, you don’t have to miss a critical play. True Red Sox Nation fans will want to come here at least once for the Rem Dawg connection, so why not stop in for historic 2014 home opener?

The 2014 season at a glance

The Sox are already going into the home opener with a loss against the Orioles. The home opening series will be the only time the Sox and the Brewers meet (although anything can happen in postseason as Sox fans know all too well). The Sox will play a total of 20 interleague games against their national League oppnents.

Downtown Boston can be tricky to navigate with a Sox game on. Whether you’re heading to the park with the Fenway Faithful or planning to catch the game from a sports bar nearby, public transit is the most convenient way to get to Fenway Park, since parking in the area is extremely limited. If you must drive, your best bet is to find a spot several blocks from the Park and walk over.

Play ball!