March 7 marked an historic occasion for Hub dwellers and a grand slam for Boston’s beloved baseball stadium as Fenway Park was welcomed to a list of nationally recognized landmarks.
State officials announced that Fenway has been added to the National Register of Historic Places, following a nomination request submitted by the Massachusetts Historical Commission in December.
“Listing Fenway Park…will help preserve this exceptional place for future generations to enjoy, and recognizes its 100th anniversary this year,” said Secretary of the Commonwealth William Francis Galvin in a statement.
Now on the list, Fenway can’t undergo major changes without approval first from the MHC.
Fenway is the nation’s oldest operating major-league baseball stadium, according to the report.
The park still has its original two-story facade, single-deck grandstand, and general configuration of the original playing field.
Officials have planned a “major, big time” celebration to mark Fenway Park’s upcoming centennial.
100-year Celebration Plan
-The April 20 game against the New York Yankees will start at 3 p.m., the same time the game against the then-New York Highlanders was played in 1912.
-A free Fenway Park open house for fans will take place April 19.
-Charities in all six New England states will benefit from the team’s “100 acts of kindness” program.
-100 informational plaques will be installed throughout Fenway as part of a “living museum” theme.
-100 anniversary patches on player jerseys, baseballs and bases will be displayed.