Michael Hazell

NFPA takes a peek behind the scenes at Fenway Park

Blog Post created by Michael Hazell Employee on Oct 30, 2013

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The Boston Red Sox are just one win away from clinching the World Series title. The game, which is slated to start at 8:07 pm (EST), will be played at Fenway Park, built more than 100 years ago. It’s the nation’s oldest professional sports stadium currently in use and the smallest stadium in Major League Baseball.

In 2012, in observance of Fenway Park’s 100th birthday, NFPA Journal® looked back at the history of the park, and in particular, its fire and life safety features.

“After surviving a brush with proposed demolition in the late 1990s, Fenway Park and the Red Sox were sold in 2001 to an ownership group committed to renovating and expanding the old building to reflect a more modern fan experience,” wrote Steven A. Adelman.

“While not perfect, its recent improvements have made it remarkably compliant with NFPA codes regarding life safety, fire alarms, sprinkler systems, and emergency messaging. In a larger sense, Fenway’s modernization is a prism through which to view not just one important building’s rebirth, but also the growing importance of life safety in how people all across the country experience a day at the ballpark.”

Read Mr. Andelman’s complete NFPA Journal feature, “Fenway At 100”.

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