A Sports Lover’s Guide to Boston

Sports fans can hail the arrival of autumn in Boston with the convergence of football, baseball, basketball, hockey and soccer in one city.
 

Illustration by Muti.

The Majors

The Score

Through times of feast and famine, Boston sports fans have been known for being dedicated to their teams. With six Super Bowl rings, four World Series wins, a Stanley Cup and an NBA title since 2001, there’s no denying the success of modern-day Boston franchises. But, for every fan proclaiming Tom Brady to be the GOAT (greatest of all time), there are plenty of veteran season ticketholders who are eager to remind you of the countless freezing afternoons they endured during the early 1990s watching the Patriots lose.

Fenway Park, photograph by rabbit75_ist/iStock.

The reigning Super Bowl champions play at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, 40 kilometres southwest of downtown, but it is Fenway Park, near Kenmore Square, that’s considered by most Bostonians to be the heart of sports in the city. Home to the Red Sox since 1912, Fenway is the oldest ballpark in the MLB and has been immortalized in Hollywood movies such as The Town and Fever Pitch. For the quintessential Fenway Park experience, buy tickets for the terrace-style seating on top of the Green Monster, the famous left-field wall that’s a popular target for right-handed hitters. Be sure to know the lyrics to “Sweet Caroline” by Neil Diamond before you visit, as the crowd traditionally sings it in the middle of the eighth inning.


Where Fans Gather

Illustration by Muti.

Cask ’n Flagon

Before the ceremonial first pitch is thrown at Fenway, grab a Sam Adams beer and a bowl of clam chowder at the Cask ’n Flagon.

Fenway Frank

Inside the ballpark, nothing says New England nostalgia like a Fenway Frank—broiled and grilled to perfection and served in a split-top bun topped with mustard.

Splitsville

After Pats games, wait out traffic and defrost at Splitsville in Patriots Place by throwing strikes in the bowling lanes before commuting back to Boston.

The Fours

Honour Celtics and Bruins hall of famers by ordering one of the dishes named after greats, such as Larry Bird and Bobby Orr, at The Fours across from TD Garden.

[This story appears in the September 2019 edition of WestJet Magazine.]

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