Five days after the sinking of the Titanic, Boston’s Fenway Park held its grand opening. Since that day, millions have witnessed the Red Sox play baseball. Their “Royal Rooters” evolved into the “Fenway Faithful” and are now commonly referred to as “Red Sox Nation.” Nine World Series have been staged upon Fenway’s turf, along with three Major League All-Star Games. Aside from baseball, Fenway has been host to professional and amateur football games, ice hockey, basketball, soccer, lacrosse, hurling, boxing and wrestling matches, and even a circus. Music from concerts has reverberated across its lawn, religious services have been held, and political rallies staged—all adding patches to the quilt of Fenway’s rich, illustrious history. The structure that noted author John Updike referred to many decades ago as “a lyric little band box” has become one of New England’s most beloved historical landmarks.
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