The Boston Red Sox announced that the franchise will spend $4.2 million on Fenway Park improvements this offseason, including adding a corner suite next to the Green Monster and 160 more pavilion and bleacher seats. The new suite and 115 of the pavilion seats will fill a gap between left field and the stairs and landing that access the Green Monster. They will not impact the existing Green Monster wall, “which will remain untouched and visible.”
The Red Sox’s motivation is likely not entirely revenue-based — the franchise is currently worth 1.5 billion and ranked third in MLB according to Forbes’ valuations — but geared towards enhancing the fan experience. And not necessarily inside the the ballpark, but at home.
The stadium improvements will impact the camera angles for television broadcasts. The plan is for the Red Sox to move the video equipment into what the team is calling a “basket” under the Bank of America sign, the smaller scoreboard off to the left of the primary one (pictured above). The improvement in camera angles will provide a better television product for fans. That impacts a considerable portion of the team’s fan base: Currently, NESN has 4.1 million subscribers and the Red Sox boast the highest average rating on regional sports networks over the last decade (9.1).