Blue, empty seats at Fenway Park in Boston

Spring is arriving, and that means baseball is coming back. That’s a big deal in Boston, since our own Red Sox team plays their home games at a local landmark of a stadium, vying for a playoff spot and World Series run season after season. In this vein, the annual Home Opener is a big deal. Here are some reasons why it’s worth checking out.

The Competition

Fans revel year after year at the choices made by whoever is in charge of Major League scheduling, especially those opening day matchups. This year, the Sox will play a division rival and fierce competitor: the Tampa Bay Rays. The Sox and Rays actually open the season against one another four days prior in Tampa Bay, so they’ll already have a feel for one another by the time this Fenway matchup takes place.

Tampa Bay is just one of a few division powerhouses the Red Sox will have to battle all year long. The New York Yankees—our greatest rival of all—added to an already stacked lineup in the off-season, so they’ll be a tough competitor. Keep an eye out for these games if you’re traveling to Boston throughout the season.

The Team

The Boston Red Sox are regularly one of the best teams in the Major Leagues, and a storybook history that stretches over a century back generates a lot of passion behind each season. This year, the roster is exciting with returning all-stars like Mookie Betts and Brock Holt. We also have one of the best pitchers in the league in Chris Sale—a tall lefty with a powerful arm.

The Park

Fenway Park is hands down the most legendary baseball stadium in the world. Its history and charm stretch back over 100 years, but modernized accommodations keep us in this century.

You can watch clips of old teams on the jumbotron, and see the super enthusiastic Red Sox fans pine over their favorite stars. You can buy tickets to sit on top of the Green Monster—a thirty-foot wall in left field that’s an iconic piece of Boston culture. You have to get a sausage with peppers and onions at one of the street vendors outside Yawkey Way, the historic entry-street to the park.

The Details

Opening Day at Fenway Park is Thursday, April 5th. Fenway Park is a fifteen-minute subway ride, or ten-minute drive from The Boxer Boston Hotel (leave time for traffic and delays).

Check out the Red Sox site for more information.