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Shaded Seats at Fenway Park

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Fenway Park, located in the heart of Boston, is one of the most iconic jewel box ballparks in the United States. Serving as the home of the Red Sox, it offers one of the most unique baseball fan experiences in the MLB. Boston summers get hot and humid, so if you’re planning a pilgrimage to see the Red Sox play at home, it’s best to plan ahead so you can find the Fenway Park shaded seats.

Where are the shaded seats at Fenway Park?

Generally, the seats in the shade at Fenway Park are located:

  • Grandstand: Lower-level grandstand seats are shaded by the level above
  • Behind Home Plate: Shaded for afternoon and evening games
  • 3rd Base Line: Late afternoon and evening shade

The seating at Fenway is asymmetrical, with more seating in right field than in left field. The old-fashioned jewel box design is actually a major benefit for shade seekers. A large number of seats are positioned away from the field and are covered by the upper deck. Modern ballparks don’t use this design because stadium architects want fans seated close to the action and without pillars or columns that could potentially block the view. As long as you are strategic and avoid choosing a seat with an obstructed view, this design offers plenty of opportunities for shade.

For the 2024 season, the Red Sox play day games (1:35 p.m.), late afternoon games (4:10 p.m.), and evening games (7:10 p.m.). For specific details about shaded sections at different start times, please continue reading.

Fenway Park Orientation to the Sun

Fenway Park is oriented to the northeast. The sun rises behind the right-field bleachers, curves around home plate around mid-day, and sets in the evening behind the 3rd baseline near the left-field corner. This configuration makes the 3rd base line the “shade side” of the park and the 1st base side and out field the sunniest spots.

The graphic below shows the approximate location of the sun throughout the day on July 1st (halfway through the MLB season).

 

Where to Buy Tickets

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Seats in the Shade at Red Sox Early Afternoon Games

At the start of a 1:35 p.m. game, the sun is high above home plate. The center and right field bleachers, along with the seats atop the Green Monster, will experience particularly intense sunlight. In fact, shade seekers should avoid outfield sections BL34-BL43 entirely. Seats here are exposed to the sun regardless of the game time.

The best hope for shade during a day game is in the infield grandstand. Fenway’s old-fashioned jewel box design provides natural shade as grandstand seats are located directly under the upper deck. Just make sure not to get an obstructed view or a seat behind a column! Loge Box seats behind home plate, from sections LB125-LB155, are far enough from the field to provide protection from the sun. Field Box seats behind home plate and on the 3rd base line will start the game in the sun but may become shaded later in the afternoon. Shade will move from back to front, so fans sitting in the first row next to the field will become shaded last.

Shadows on the stands at Red Sox Stadium

During an early afternoon game, seats behind home plate and covered seats along the 3rd base line are in the shade. Seats in the outfield and on the 1st base line are in the sun.
Marcio Jose Bastos Silva / Shutterstock.com

Seats in the Shade at Red Sox Late Afternoon Games

For 4:10 p.m. games, the sun is behind 3rd base at the first pitch. It gradually moves toward the left field foul pole as it sets. Fans behind home plate and on the 3rd base side in Grandstand, Field Box, or Loge Box seats are in the shade, with their backs to the sun.

The sunniest seats are in the outfield bleachers. Seats along the 1st baseline will still be exposed to sunlight for late afternoon games. While the grandstand seats offer some protection, the 1st base line is the “sunny side” of the park, and fans here are more likely to have the sun in their eyes as it sets.

Shadows on the stands at Red Sox Stadium

By late afternoon, all seats on the 3rd base line are shaded while seats on the 1st base line and in right field are still in the sun
Credit: Fenway Park by Ian D’Andrea (CC BY-SA 2.0)

Seats in the Shade at Red Sox Evening Games

In the summer months, the sun typically sets in Boston after 8:00 p.m., leaving at least an hour of sunlight for evening games. The outfield bleachers remain sunny for the longest duration. Seats atop the Green Monster are also exposed but become shaded earlier than the bleachers. Seats far down the 1st base line near the right field foul pole will face the sun as it begins to set. However, those seated on the 3rd base line or around home plate will be comfortably shaded, with the sun positioned at their backs.

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