This Independence Day began with a hearty dose of America’s favorite past-time–and where better to watch than from the oldest ballpark in Major League Baseball? We were lucky enjoy the game from some of the best seats in the house, and I must say, it was pretty suite. (Heh, puns.)
Everyone and their brother seemed to have the same idea of how to spend their Fourth this year: catching a Sox game at Boston’s historic Fenway Park. Fortunately for us, our Independence Day turned out to be a little bit more than bleacher seats and Fenway franks.
The afternoon began where any good little Red Sox fan should start their visit to Fenway: at Gate D on Yawkey Way. If you’re coming from Boylston street (or the parallel Van Ness), you’ll find Yawkey sandwiched between Boston’s beloved Tasty Burger and the ever-popular Jerry Remy’s (their roof-top bar is a must, but more on that later). If you arrive to the Fenway neighborhood early, definitely bang a left on Van Ness and stop into Yard House for a pint (or a half-yard for the more ambitious drinkers) of one of their 188 beers on draft. Once you’ve had your fill (and you really should fill up there, since a cheap beer inside the park will cost you eight bucks), head back down Yawkey and flash your tickets to the wonderful folks of Gate D.
Surrounded by the smell of hot Italian sausages and shouts for programs and the energetic buzz of happy Bostonians, even those less than enthusiastic about baseball will immediately find themselves refreshingly excited for the ballgame. At least, it seemed to work our posse, one of whom is a grumpy German who didn’t know the difference between a ball and a strike when he stepped past the gate.
Not before stocking up at the team store, we made our way up five flights of ramps to the EMC concourse, where some of the suite-est seats (is the recycling of puns allowed?) in the park are located. After walking around for long enough that it seemed certain we had lapped the entire field, we arrived at the Infiniti Suite, conveniently located right next to the famous Green Monster. All shiny and new for 2015, it’s the largest suite on the entire EMC level! The amenities were alright…
The suite is quite expansive, featuring a spacious dining area, counters with windows that open up over the box for easy viewing while snacking, a cozy living area, a kitchen, and bathroom. In addition to the open-air counters that overlook the park, the living area is equipped with a TV for easy indoor game-watching, and even the bathroom has a television inside so you quite literally never have to miss a second of the Sox. Combine these accommodations with a strong selection of beers and liquors and a steady supply of eats–a good mix of ballpark classics, like sausages with grilled peppers and onions, chicken fingers and franks, as well as refreshing summer favorites like shrimp cocktail–and even your grumpy German will start to smile.
Just when we thought the day couldn’t possibly get any better, halfway through the game, we were proven wrong. As if good food, great company, and truly fantastic seats weren’t enough, an ice cream cart appeared in our suite. To see all the goodies available to suite guests, click here.
Served in little Red Sox batting helmet bowls, the make-your-own-sundaes are a perfect souvenir. If you are in a suite for a game, definitely opt for the make-your-own-ice-cream-sundae cart, and if you’re in the grandstands or the bleachers, the souvenir ice creams can be purchased individually on the lower concourses as well.
With food comas becoming a looming threat, we made our way back out to the box to enjoy the rest of the game.
Pricing for the Infiniti Suite ranges from $12,250 – $22,750 per game (price varies depending on opposing team/date) based on an occupancy of 35 guests or less, but additional guest tickets for the suite can be bought for $180 per person after the first 35. Reservations for the suite can be made here.