SBJ/August 25 - 31, 2003/Facilities

Aramark, Sox add first sit-down dining at Fenway

The “Big Concourse” sits beneath outfield stands.

The Boston Red Sox and Aramark have created a sit-down area for concessions, a first at Fenway Park, with the "Big Concourse" underneath the right-field stands and center-field bleachers.

The team's latest upgrade opened Aug. 19 as part of a continuing effort to renovate 91-year-old Fenway, the oldest facility in Major League Baseball.

What was once a "combination parking lot, trash dumpster, TV truck area and old rest rooms" now features new food locations, new bathrooms and 26 picnic tables, said Julie Jordan, Aramark's on-site general manager.

"This is the only area where they can sit down and eat" apart from the grandstands, she said. That's notable considering Aramark's limited capabilities in the venue.

Aramark has new office space and a new warehouse there. The concessionaire's old support structures behind home plate were torn down.

About 30 more employees were hired to accommodate the new business.

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