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August 27, 2019
With dollar hot dogs, largely reduced food prices and free tickets for children while adults could gain entry with just a $5 donation to the Jimmy Fund, the century-old ballpark was filled with people who might not otherwise get a chance to watch the most expensive team in baseball at one of the most expensive venues.
The game, which began in the 10th inning as it was completing a weather-suspended game from August 8, only lasted 12 minutes. However, that didn’t stop more than 16,000 people from coming to the game, including more than 6,000 children who went for free.
While the Red Sox have some lower-cost initiatives geared towards a younger audience like $9 tickets for students, Kennedy said the success of this effort has the team thinking what else it can do to help more children attend games.
Watching all the children fill the park was such a success Thursday that Red Sox president Sam Kennedy was feeling confident the club one day soon could introduce an “open house day,” when kids enter free for select games on a regular basis.