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City: Red Sox May Have To Pay To Park On Van Ness Street

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Crowd outside Fenway Park. (Mark Katic WBZ NewsRadio)

Crowd outside Fenway Park. (Mark Katic WBZ NewsRadio)

BOSTON (AP) — For decades, Boston Red Sox players, their families and team staff have had free parking on a public street abutting Fenway Park on game days.

That perk may soon come to an end.

New Mayor Martin Walsh’s administration is reviewing a deal agreed to by the previous administration and may ask the Red Sox to pay for use of Van Ness Street on game days.

The Red Sox say former owner Tow Yawkey signed a deal with the city in 1945 allowing for the game-day closure of Van Ness Street, although there appears to be no paper records of the pact.

The team also says it’s a public safety issue, allowing ambulances easy access to Fenway along Van Ness and giving players safe access to the park.

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