Are you new to the Fenway-Kenmore area? Friday is the home-opening
game at Fenway Park. Here are some tips (and reminders for long-time
residents) to help you during the baseball season.
1. Account for extra time if you're driving or using public transportation to get in and out of the area. The somewhat navigable streets of Fenway-Kenmore will be clogged with traffic.
2.Carry a schedule of the Red Sox around with you at all times. Before making plans, you should always remember to account for the appropriate amount of time it will take you to get to your destination, if a game is in session.
3. Be aware of the crowds that will descend upon your favorite neighborhood joints -- including restaurants and bars. If you were used to walking in and getting a table right away, that will change. Your best shot is to schedule dinner plans during the first or second inning of the game.
4. Open your windows. During games, you will be able to hear the crowds cheer after every home run or strike out. It's one of the joys of living so close to the park.
5. One of the biggest hassles with living in the Fenway area during the season is the traffic. But parking is another story -- if you have a resident sticker. Plan on parking along Park Drive or the Fens. Drivers who try to park in the resident-only spots will not get ticketed, but towed -- so ample spots should be available.
6.. Be prepared to be asked one question over and over again: "How do I get to Fenway Park?" This question will be difficult to answer because of all of the one-way streets that crowd the neighborhood. Best answer you can give: "Park your car and walk." Not many will listen, but it's the best piece of advice you can offer.
7. If you're missing the game but see fans leaving the game early, ask about what's happening. They are often more than willing to share updates and insights about the game.
8. One of the best things about living in the Fenway-Kenmore neighborhood is the urban feel. When the Red Sox are in session, though, Yawkey Way is closed, which makes walking around the area difficult. Be prepared for that.
9. The new hi-definition video that is part of the decade-long makeover will be of particular interest to residents: most will be able to see the score as they walk around their neighborhood. At least, until spring comes
-- leaves on trees could hinder the view.
10. Lastly, the most important thing to remember is do not wear any Yankees gear.