I am a longtime resident of Peterborough Street in the West Fenway. I am concerned about the ever-growing concert series at Fenway Park. For years residents have learned to live with the ballpark but have enjoyed the quiet summer nights when the games were out of town. When the Fenway concert series started, residents were led to believe it would happen once a summer as a special event. The series has grown to numerous loud concerts throughout the summer.
Last weekend it was Jay-Z and Justin Timberlake. The sound checks started in mid-afternoon, and at 5:30 a large young crowd descended upon the neighborhood. Yes, Fenway is a neighborhood — a place where people actually live.
Fenway Park was built as a ballpark, not a rock arena, and though some people are making huge profits off these concerts, how do Fenway residents benefit?
I believe there needs to be a strictly limited number of concerts allowed by the City of Boston at Fenway Park each summer. There are other venues in more isolated areas that are built specifically to support these kinds of performances.
Fenway residents and Fenway Park have tried to live peacefully together for many years. I ask our city’s leaders to please help keep this delicate balance in check.