Tuesday, May 02, 2006

My initial visit to the new State Street Pavillion at Fenway Park was somewhat abbreviated tonight, as Sox-Yankees Part II got rained out.

We did get to spend some time up there, though. It rained on and off pretty much all day in Boston, but the rain had stopped when my boss and I left the office to head over to the ballpark. I had been checking Boston.com and Redsox.com all day, but at that point the game was still on.

We met the vendor and another person from our company over at the ballpark and walked up the ramp over by Gate D to the pavillion level. You walk into a large room where there is a bar and a number of tables, along with a buffet and a pizza stand. The tarp was still on the field when we arrived about 25 minutes before the scheduled first pitch, which ws a bad sign. Indeed, the rain started up again and the game was officially canceled around 8:00.

We did have a couple of beers and the buffet. The food was very good, including an excellent prime rib, salad, vegetables, mashed potatoes and such. The coolest thing, believe it or not, was the plates. They were white, with baseball stitching and a Red Sox logo around the edge. I wanted to take a few home, but resisted the temptation.

The view from the seats was outstanding, although all we got to see was the tarp. The home plate section of the State St. Pavillion is five sections, which has five rows of seats in each. The top row has barstool type seats with a table, much like the Monster Seats. The rest of the seats are padded and comfortable. Hopefully, I'll get to go to the makeup game in August, although our host couldn't guarantee it. I would love to see a game from up there.


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