The Boston Red Sox submitted formal plans with the city Wednesday to build a 5,000-seat performing arts center behind Fenway Park’s right-field bleachers.
Fenway Sports Group, the parent company of the Red Sox, sent the formal letter signed by Jonathan Gilula, the organization’s executive vice president of business affairs, to the Boston Planning & Development Agency on Wednesday.
The proposed venue, Fenway Theater, would be built on the triangular piece of land between Lansdowne and Ipswich streets adjacent to the ballpark. As the Herald previously reported, the theater would be a joint venture between the Red Sox and concert and music industry giant Live Nation.
The theater “would host a wide variety of entertainment and civic events on a year-round basis, enlivening the Lansdowne Street entertainment district on both Fenway Park event days and non-event days and providing a steady stream of patrons for the neighborhood’s many restaurants and retail establishments,” according to Gilula.
The theater would double the capacity of the House of Blues, a concert venue on Lansdowne Street.
Zineb Curran, a spokesman for the Red Sox, said in a statement to the Herald that there is “no specific timeline to share at this point as we are still in the very early stages of planning with the city.”
Gilula wrote that the bleachers would be renovated with a new area connected to the back of the ballpark with “concession stands, restrooms and other elements designed to enhance the fan experience in the bleachers.” Function spaces would be renovated with “sweeping views of Fenway Park.”
The Red Sox are expected to file more detailed plans with the BPDA, including impact reports on transportation and environmental factors. Once filed, it will kick off a series of community meetings and formal review by city planning officials.