The Red Sox last week filed their formal plans for a four-level performing-arts theater behind the Fenway Park outfield that can hold up to 5,400 patrons at once.
The plans also show the loss of about 450 bleacher seats in Fenway Park itself, to make way for tables and "expanded food, beverage and restroom areas," as well as a new function room able to hold 500 to 600 people, depending on whether or not they are all standing.
The Sox say they've formed a joint venture with Live Nation, which owns the House of Blues down Lansdowne Street, to run both the new theater and the House of Blues. The House of Blues can hold up to 2,500 people.
This relationship will ensure that scheduling of events planned for the two venues will be closely coordinated.
The theater, on a triangular piece of land at Lansdowne and Ipswich streets now used mainly for parking, but once home to a large laundry that cleaned sheets from nearby hospitals, would do more than just rock out when the Sox are out, the team says:
The Fenway Theater will also create new opportunities for performing arts programming and educational initiatives, establishing a world-class performing arts center located just steps away from the Boston Arts Academy, Berklee College of Music
and Boston Conservatory at Berklee, as well as many other schools and arts programs located in the greater Boston area. It is expected that thousands of students and performers will have the opportunity to perform in this new venue, pursue employment and internships, engage in professional development and educational programs, and enjoy live performances as both performers and audience members.
The venue will have no on-site parking, but will instead develop a "transportation demand management" plan to encourage workers and patrons to take public transportation.
The Sox hope to begin construction this fall - after the end of the Sox season, with completion scheduled for the summer or fall of 2021.
18-28 Lansdowne St. project-notification form (19.1M PDF).