So What Was Fenway Park Like 100 Years Ago?


By / / Well, our friends over at Brickyard VFX took a stab at it: National Geographic tapped the visual effects wizards at Brickyard VFX to recreate century-old Fenway Park in every glorious detail for their documentary “Inside Fenway Park” airing this spring on PBS, according to Brickyard VFX co-owner Dave Waller. Narrated by Matt Damon, the film features rare archival footage and present-day behind-the-scenes glimpses of the Park during a 2011 home stand against The Yankees.

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National Geographic wanted to capture the full, 100-year history of Fenway Park, but several aspects of America’s beloved ballpark have been lost to time, which is why award winning Bob Caputo, (who wrote and co-produced “Inside Fenway Park” with wife Amy Wray) a 25-year veteran writer and photographer for National Geographic, turned to Brickyard to supply the missing elements. “Armed with original blueprints and thousands of archival photos supplied by the Red Sox, we were able to piece together the exact configuration of the Park as it looked on Opening Day in 1912. We even went down to the City of Boston Building Department to look at the original plans. When we got the digital model mocked up, Janet Marie Smith (the Fenway Park architect in charge of all the renovations this century) came to our Back Bay studio to fine-tune it with us. She knows every nut and bolt in the place, “ said Waller. Well, Happy 2012 Opening Day, Fenway Park. Enjoy it, Red Sox Nation.