Okay, so I’ll be heading to Fenway Park later this year, thus allowing me to scratch another thing off my baseball bucket list. But one does not simply go to Fenway, one must plan. Fenway Park, after all, is from a time before modern design and engineering had made the obstructed view seat an endangered species. You could easily be stuck behind a pole or something.
Thankfully, there is a site called Precise Seating that allows you to see what your view would be like from most seats in Fenway. And, clearly, this was not only made to aid potential visitors to the Fens, but also to amuse those of us who want to find what the worst seat in the house is.
Sadly, Precise Seating doesn’t allow direct linking to the sites for individual seats, so follow along manually at home.
Anyway, now take a look at my non-scientific study after the jump:
I am not the first one to do this, Boston.com (the site of the Boston Globe) had such an article in 2005. A Google search on the subject brings up around 824,000 results.
And, clearly, the Globe was on to something when it opened it’s article with Section 23, Row 2, Seat 17. It has over 31% of the field obstructed, including home plate and basically the whole first base side. Which would still be better than if you were in Seat 16, in which you would, in theory, be unable to see 97% of the field. The only stuff you would be able to see would be the backstop. Hope for a lot of foul pop-outs to the catcher, I guess.
Then there is the the Green Monster Section 10, near the back in Row 4, Seat 1. On the plus side, you will be able to tell everyone you sat on the Green Monster. On the downside, you’d be unable to see all of right field and basically the entire third-base side of the infield, about a 57% obstruction.
Certain seats in Box 5, Row F, near the Pesky Pole, have problem that, well, the Pole can be… pesky. Seat 6, for example, only has 4% of the field obstructed… but that 4% is first base and home plate.
Sometimes there aren’t poles in the way, merely screens. Section 1, Row B, Seat 1, for example, puts you right next to the metal screen of the bullpen, obstructing most of your view for everything other than the first-base side of the infield.
So, in other words, it’s a good idea to check first before buying tickets.