Site Visit: Fenway Park

Filling Fenway Park with fans isn’t difficult on the 81 days a year the Boston Red Sox play home games. Filling it the other days of the year is slightly more difficult. Carrie Campbell, vice president of sales and service for Fenway Enterprises, says the organization is committed to making the park available for association, corporate and social events 365 days a year. “I’m always humbled by the amount of people who are surprised and excited when they find out you can host events at Fenway,” says Campbell, adding that the facility receives a fair amount of inbound interest and RFPs submitted online thanks to its notoriety. The Red Sox staff has recently amped up an effort to reach out to chambers of commerce and attend trade shows in New England. “We have to fish where the fish are,” Campbell says. [inlinead align="left"]10 meeting locations Accommodates up to 5,000 Located in the heart of downtown Boston[/inlinead] And what a variety of fish Fenway catches. The park has played host to association meetings, corporate events and seminars, and social events such as weddings and bar mitzvahs. It also can be configured to host multiple events on the same day, such as a U.S. citizen naturalization ceremony and the Boston premiere of the movie “The Town.” In addition to corporations and associations, Campbell says Fenway does a lot of work with nonprofits. “People usually have the misconception that since we’re a pro sports venue, it won’t be affordable,” she says. “But we make an effort to be flexible with nonprofits and try to reduce costs. The fundraisers we host always wind up being successful.” The park has 10 versatile venue locations that accommodate groups of almost any size. The stadium’s luxury suites are ideal for smaller gatherings, while the 40,000-sq-ft. concourse has room for more than 5,000 guests. If you’re aiming for an authentic Boston experience, plan your reception on top of the Green Monster left field wall. It accommodates up to 200, provides an incredible view of the city’s skyline and will give your attendees an up-close look at the famed Fisk’s Foul Pole.