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Friday’s Mashup: Fenway Park set to undergo another set of improvements, new concession area planned

Lucy Burdge
December 21, 2018 - 8:05 am

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FRIDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
NBA:
Milwaukee at Boston, 8 p.m. (ESPN, NBCSB)
NBA: New Orleans at LA Lakers, 10:30 p.m. (ESPN)
NHL: Buffalo at Washington, 7 p.m. (NBCSN)

AROUND THE WEB:

-- Fenway Park is getting another makeover.

Fenway Sports Group is planning to build a theater behind the park and Red Sox ownership is also proposing a new concession area “connected to the back of the ballpark’s bleachers.”

In a letter sent to the Boston Planning and Development Agency on Tuesday, the team’s executive vice president of business affairs, Jonathan Gilula, wrote that the new area “will feature concession stands, restrooms and other elements designed to enhance the fan experience in the bleachers.”

The proposed concession area would be built on part of a triangular patch of property bordered by Landsdowne and Ipswich streets behind the right-field bleachers. That property is now home to a parking lot and a building full of function rooms.

The new theater proposed by the group will be a 5,000 person capacity performing arts center, according to the letter.

The letter also states the team is looking to build “a new function space with sweeping views of Fenway Park suitable for large groups and private events.”

According to Red Sox spokeswoman Zineb Curran, the team is “still very much in the early planning and approval stage with the city” on this project.  

-- Rick Pitino is reportedly finalizing a deal to coach basketball in Greece.

The former Louisville coach will reportedly sign on to be the next coach of Panathinaikos, one of the top clubs in the EuroLeague.

Pitino coached Louisville from 2001-2017 until he was ousted after the FBI alleged he was part of a pay-for-play scandal that involved the recruitment of Brian Bowen.

He was fired by the university for cause and then filed a lawsuit against the University of Louisville Athletic Association for the remaining $38.7 million on his contract at the time of his firing.

Panathinaikos has won six EuroLeague titles since 1996 and has started this season 6-7. The team fired its coach, Xavi Pascual, this week, seemingly to make way for Pitino to fill the role.

QUOTE OF THE DAY: I enjoyed getting to know him and that process and will continue to support him any way I can and be praying for him. I think that’s the No. 1 concern is you want to see him be fine, be OK and that is what we’ll be praying for.” -- Matthew Slater, on Josh Gordon

 

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