Over the previous three seasons the Red Sox have settled into a typical set of begin instances all through the week, and people instances will stay the identical subsequent season as effectively.
According to a Red Sox spokesperson, house video games at Fenway Park will proceed to start out at 7:10 p.m. on weeknights, 4:10 p.m. on Saturdays and 1:35 p.m. on Sundays in 2024. Some begin instances might differ as a consequence of getaway days, nationwide broadcasts or particular events just like the custom 11 a.m. Patriots Day recreation, however the default instances will stay unchanged.
The Red Sox have caught with the identical set of begin instances regardless of an elevated prevalence of golf equipment beginning night time video games earlier, normally at 6:40 p.m. The Detroit Tigers, Tampa Bay Rays, Seattle Mariners and Colorado Rockies are among the many groups who’ve made the change in recent times, largely to compensate for the elevated size of video games that — previous to the introduction of the pitch clock — typically resulted in video games stretching effectively previous 10 p.m.
Last offseason the Red Sox indicated they’d explored shifting their begin instances up as effectively, however the membership in the end opted to face pat. Red Sox CEO Sam Kennedy mentioned on the time they felt the pitch clock would successfully tackle the difficulty of late-ending video games with out the drawbacks that an earlier begin would current.
“We prefer as many traditional games as we can for night time starts in the 7 p.m. hour,” Kennedy mentioned previous to this previous season. “Obviously we have city concerns and traffic concerns and the ingress and egress out of Fenway Park, it’s better for television, it’s better for the certainty of play. That said we are open minded about adjusting start times and I think you will see some different start times but generally with the rule changes that are going to pick up the pace of the game I think the 7 p.m. window is the right time to start night games.”
The pitch clock did have a dramatic affect on the size of video games, serving to scale back the typical Red Sox recreation from 3:11 in 2022 to 2:45 in 2023, a lower of 26 minutes. That means the typical night time recreation in 2022 ended at roughly 10:21 p.m. however at solely 9:55 p.m. this previous season, a distinction that might have made it simpler for followers who needed to be up early for work or college the following day to observe the whole recreation.
Clearly the Red Sox really feel as if they’ve discovered the candy spot, so followers can count on an identical expertise timing-wise at Fenway Park subsequent season.