I've been to countless opening days at Fenway. They're always a lot of fun, filled with excitement for the coming season, no matter how bad the team we field might be.
The area around Fenway gets busy early, hours before game time. Thousands of people milling about, going in and out of bars and restaurants. There won't be any ring or trophy presentations this year, but they do introduce the whole team, drop a gigantic American flag over the Green Monster, welcome some special guests, do a big ceremonial first pitch, then someone "famous" sings the national anthem and the F-15s fly overhead. After that, it's play ball!
The best advice is to keep checking the weather and plan on dressing in layers. It can be very cold on opening day, especially as the sun wanes.
Opening day is a great experience. Get there early and walk around the park. The grounds crew do a fantastic job.
It's one of the best days and best events of the year. I will echo Diva21's remarks on the weather, which is often not very good.
does ever rain or snow? I'm from california and well, we're not use to harsh weather, that's what's really scaring me lol.Edited: 26 January 2012, 21:00
It certainly could rain as it can rain any time of year here. We do not have a rainy season or dry season. It's extremely unlikely to snow. But, it can be chilly and raw in April, but it could also be a beautiful day. I would err on the side of coolness though.
Unless it's a heavy steady downpour of rain they will not cancel the game. Rather, they will try to play it with rain delays, or if lightly raining, will probably just play through it.
It's a big block/cocktail party.....with a pretty steep cover charge (if you have tickets) The fact that it falls on a Friday again will make it a little more lively.
It's unlike any other game in that it is an EVENT. Lots of politicians, elected officials, past and present, media people, etc. You'll find more people in business attire than any other game because so many locals come straight from work. It's a good people watching opportunity.
Do be prepared for a chilly day, just in case. Bring gloves and a scarf with you to Boston, and wear a warm fleece or sweater with an all weather jacket over it. You may need this for sightseeing anyway. The temperature range at that time of the year can be anywhere from the 50s to 80s.
I love opening day. Good advice already given. Definitely check the weather before you travel. Could be bundle-up-winter coat weather or not.
You can expect to pay a ton of money on concessions. You are allowed to bring in one unopened bottle of water. Enjoy and bundle up. It can be very chilly.
Opening Day will be crowded just like all the games which are sell outs.