Henry: Fenway won't last forever

Updated: February 19, 2014, 6:25 PM ET
By Joe McDonald | ESPNBoston.com

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Boston Red Sox owner John Henry says Fenway Park has an expiration date.

Since Henry's ownership group purchased the club in 2002, Fenway Park has gone through an extensive renovation project, which was completed prior to last season. Numerous times during his tenure as owner, Henry has said Fenway Park will stand for generations, but Wednesday he admitted that may not be the case.

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Winslow Townson/MLB Photos/Getty ImagesFenway Park, the oldest ballpark in MLB, has been home to the Boston Red Sox since it opened in 1912.

"Structurally there is an expiration date," Henry said. "Someone at some point in decades ahead will have to address the possibility of a new ballpark."

The Red Sox coined 102-year-old Fenway as "America's Most Beloved Ballpark" a few years ago. Its atmosphere is unlike any other in Major League Baseball, but in terms of comfort, seating is cramped.

Henry and his group have made upgrades and fixes of late, but Fenway doesn't have the amenities of the newer ballparks around the league. Even many Red Sox players have said it's time for a new park in Boston.

Henry said Wednesday that it won't be his ownership group that builds a new ballpark.

"No, no," Henry said. "I think you're several decades away, a good 30 years, and hopefully we'll still be around, but we'll leave that for the next ownership group."

Joe McDonald

Reporter, ESPNBoston.com

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