Curious: ‘Why Is Fenway Park Still Standing?’

BOSTON (CBS) – In two days the 0-4 Red Sox come home to play at Fenway.

Friday’s home opener set Frank in Framingham to Declare his Curiosity asking: “Why is Fenway still standing? Other cities have world class ballparks!”

Frank may not want to hear it, but the historic park is going to be around for a long time.

WBZ-TV’s David Wade reports.

The park is 99 years old, and while it’s not new, team president Larry Lucchino says it’s improved. “The cherry on top of the sundae really are the three new video boards in center field,” he said. The biggest of the three high definition scoreboards is 38 feet high by 100 feet wide.

Mayor Tom Menino got a tour of the park and its improvements Wednesday. He got to head into bowels of the park and behind home plate. There it’s a lot wider and brighter with new concrete and a new concession stand that serves sushi, fried clams and shrimp rolls.

When asked which would last longer the Mayor or Fenway, Mayor Menino first joked him, but then answered seriously that he believes Fenway has many more years in it.

Lucchino says he appreciates fans’ passions and that they want a new park, but “the fact is there are many, many, many, many people who want to preserve it.”

Over the past 10 years Red Sox owners have spent $285 million in upgrades to Fenway Park.

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