Now that October is over and the Red Sox have hoisted the trophy (winning at Fenway for the first time in 85 years), it’s time to talk about what we learned this year from our Fenway ball game experience (and no, we weren’t one of the lucky ones to go to the World Series games, we went earlier in the summer).
- Parking – We enjoy going to baseball games, and seeing a game at Fenway is definitely something to experience. Of course, so is the traffic, which is why we prefer to park a few blocks away and walk over.
- Food – This year we opted for a pre-game dinner at a nearby Chipotle, which was a great idea seeing as we could actually get into the restaurant to eat, the food was good, and it’s 2 blocks from the ballpark.
- The Game – After dinner we walked over to the ballpark, and made our way to our seats. It was a perfect (albeit sunny) night for a game, with home runs from each side, and with the Sox winning.
- The music – Louisa figured out that the words to “Sweet Caroline” are displayed on the scoreboard.
- The Wave – Yes, I happen to like The Wave, so I was quite happy to see it go around the stadium multiple times.
June 14, 2013 – Louisa headed out early to Boston Logan, which was fortunate because traffic was horrid, even at 3:00 pm. (Side note – if you’re flying out of Logan on a Friday, assume it will take about 1.5 hours to get to the airport from I-93/I-95.) On the plus side, there was plenty of parking, and security moved quite quickly. The flight was uneventful, and we were soon both in Portland and enjoying a late dinner at the hotel bar.
January 20, 2013 – Things we learned from our first AHL game.
1. Manchester, NH is a pretty cool little town. And they have a parking garage that’s conveniently located near the hockey arena.
2. The Manchester Monarchs’ have good fans. Except you might want to research their fight songs before you go, otherwise you’ll be very confused regarding what they’re singing after the Monarchs score a goal (and when we went, they scored 5 – and I still don’t know what the fight song is).
3. The first row is good, and you really get an appreciation of the players’ speed. Just make sure you’re closer to the ends or the very middle, the other seats aren’t as great.
4. After the game, check out Murphy’s Taproom.
We greatly enjoyed our hockey games.
February 24, 2013 – Last night we ventured out into the slightly slushy snow to go to an AHL hockey game in Worcester, MA. We had great seats, right behind the net, and got to enjoy a high-scoring game. We did discover people in those seats are perhaps a little too in-love with their hockey (we learned the wait for the buzzer rule the hard way) but otherwise we had quite a nice time. We also discovered that the arena has some good food, namely the sausage with sauteed peppers and onions, served on a nice thick bun. We prefer this arena to the one in Manchester, provided you sit at least 5 rows back (so you can see the action); 5-7 rows back from the ice seems like it would be the sweet spot.
We had a great view of the ice.
We’ve been trying to find a good pizza place. What’s good pizza? Flavorful sauce, good crust (thick or thin, as long as it’s slightly crispy and appropriately chewy, and can hold up the toppings, it’s good in our book), cheese (lots of cheese) and spicy pepperoni = a good pizza. Silver Palate Pizza makes good pizza – check out the pepperoni and meatball toppings. One word, the meatballs are sliced thin, but they’re good. As is the pepperoni. And the chewy crust.
The garlic cheese bread is well seasoned and cheesy, and served on a submarine roll (no French bread here). We might not get the bread again, but we’ll be back for the pizza. Oh, and they’re cash only, so either make sure you have an emergency $20 in your pocketbook, or an ATM card.