Red Sox, Live Nation Plan Concert Venue Near Fenway Park
The Red Sox and Live Nation said that they have "plans to build a performing arts center alongside Fenway Park that would be the city’s largest indoor venue of its kind," according to Tim Logan of the BOSTON GLOBE. Called Fenway Theater, the venue would "seat 5,000 people and sit on a triangle of land behind the ballpark’s bleachers, between Lansdowne and Ipswich streets, an area mainly used for parking." Fenway Sports Group Chair Tom Werner said that the team "hopes the project will also further establish the neighborhood as a destination for visitors beyond the baseball season." A Red Sox spokesperson "described the plans as 'preliminary,' saying it would be 'premature' to discuss square footage, project costs, and other specifics." Logan noted no documents have been "filed with the Boston Planning & Development Agency, which would have to approve the project." A BPDA spokesperson said that the team has had "no in-depth conversations with City Hall about its plans." The project also "may have to win over neighbors" (BOSTON GLOBE, 9/29). In Boston, Amelia Mason noted a sketch of the venue "depicts a three-story complex with a roof deck and front doors facing the crowds streaming down Landsdowne toward the baseball park" (WBUR.org, 9/28). Red Sox VP/Corporate Communications Zineb Curran said that the space is "currently empty and 'primarily used as a lot for satellite trucks during games'" (BOSTON.com, 9/28).