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Fenway Park to be renovated, expanded

Seating capacity will increased to 38,000; will be ready next year

Tom Yawkey, owner of the Boston Red Sox, is not only spending large amounts of money for ball players with a view to strengthening his club, but is going to spend between $300,000 and $400,000 on the reconstruction of the plant at Fenway Park, work on which will begin next week.

While the radical changes in the plant do not include, at present a double-deck stand, they do provide for a seating capacity of upwards of 38,000, or 10,000 more than at present.

The grandstand will be increased in length and breadth. A left wing will be added to it that will extend to the left field corner, and there will also be an extension of the right wing into the pavilion.

Duffy’s Cliff doomed


The center field stand will be moved back and a concrete wall will be erected, and there will be no more “Duffy” Lewis cliff in the outfield. All the wooden structures in the present plant will be removed, except the roof of the grandstand, and only steel and concrete will be used in the reconstruction work.

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About all that will remain of the present grandstand will be the roof, the south side wall and the foundation.

There are to be exits from the new extensions on Landsdowne and Ipswich sts.

The plans for the new structure were drawn up by Osborne Engineering Company of Cleveland which has planned many ball parks, including the new one in Cleveland, the Yankee Stadium and Braves Field.

Messrs Yawkey and Collins have been in consultation with representatives of this firm for several days. The plans were accepted, building permits south, and the work of preparing the ground for the new plant will begin next week. This can be done, and not interfere with the handling of football games to be played at Fenway Park after the baseball season closes next Sunday.

To be ready in 1934


Coleman Brothers, a Boston firm of contractors, have taken over the construction work and the new plant is to be completed before April 1, 1934.

When asked what the total cost of the new plant would be, Eddie Collins said he would not be surprised if it ran close to half a million dollars.

Mr Yawkey said that since the work had to be done sooner or later, he thought the present a good time to get it under way.

It certainly will mean work for a large number of men.