Walsh to Sox Fans: Don’t #DoDamage to Boston During the World Series
City officials want everyone to keep their cool as the biggest games in baseball roll through the city.
Boston Mayor Marty Walsh urged fans not to #DoDamage to Boston during the World Series, invoking the team’s catchphrase for the season during a pre-game safety meeting.
“That’s for the players in the field, not the fans in the street,” he says, adding, “Be responsible. Let’s not put a cloud over our great city.”
— Ezra Kaplan (@EzraNBC) October 23, 2018
Walsh was joined by city officials Tuesday night as the city prepares to host the Dodgers at Fenway Park for Game 1, the first World Series here since 2013. The first two games of the series will be played in Boston. If the series goes to six or seven games, the last two will be played here as well.
Road closures will begin at 6 p.m. around Fenway, when large trucks will be prohibited from area streets. Roads will be shut down altogether at 7 p.m. Bars will not be forced to close early, although Walsh said that’s a safety measure that may be adopted if the Sox host a clinching game later on.
“Our police stations and our great neighborhoods will be fully staffed,” says Police Commissioner William Gross.
We don’t want anyone to think all our resources are at Fenway Park. That’s not true.”
Commissioner Gross “respect our city” urging safe practices on game nights. Says BPD resources will be dispersed across city, extra assets brought in. Plain clothes/uniform officers #WCVB pic.twitter.com/6pilp7O2ud
— Katie Thompson (@KThompson_WCVB) October 23, 2018
Gross, overseeing his first championship game in the city in his new position, says he met with area colleges earlier this week to reiterate the city’s hopes that students will be on their best behavior. He also penned a letter to undergrads, which appears on the Boston Police Department’s blog: “Showcase Boston to the nation with a level of class, pride and positive spirit that has been the hallmark of fans from our region,” he writes. “In short, behave like champions.”
BPD is also warning about counterfeiters eager to sell junk World Series tickets for top-dollar, and urge fans to get tickets at reputable websites instead of on the street.
“There are criminals out there who will prey on you,” Gross says, and if a deal on tickets from a scalper seems too good to be true, it probably is. “They’re gonna look real. They’re gonna feel real. Then you’ll be turned away at the gates because the tickets are counterfeit.”
More on the road closures, per the city’s website:
The following streets will close to truck traffic at 6:00 PM.
- Brookline Avenue, from Beacon Street to Park Drive
- Jersey Street, from Boylston Street to Brookline Avenue
- Ipswich Street, from Boylston Street/Hemenway Street to 1200 Boylston Street
- Van Ness Street, from Ipswich Street to Kilmarnock Street.
The following streets will close to all motor vehicles at 7:00 PM.
- Brookline Avenue, from Park Drive to Boylston Street
- Ipswich Street, from Charlesgate East to Van Ness Street
- Jersey Street, from Boylston street to Brookline Avenue
- Lansdowne Street, from Brookline Avenue to Ipswich Street
The following temporary parking restrictions will be in effect. It is important for drivers to note that the fine for parking in a Fenway/Kenmore Resident Parking space on event days at Fenway Park is $100.
“Tow Zone No Stopping Boston Police Special Event Tuesday and Wednesday MLB Shuttle Buses Only”
- Beacon Street, south side, from #833 Beacon Street to Maitland Street
“Tow Zone No Stopping Boston Police Special Event Tuesday and Wednesday”
Both sides, from Boylston Street to Brookline Avenue
Van Ness Street
- Both sides, from Ipswich Street to Kilmarnock Street
“Tow Zone No Stopping Boston Police Special Event Tuesday and Wednesday” signs on the following streets:
- North side, from Richard B Ross Way to Park Drive
- Both sides, from Park Drive to Commonwealth Avenue
- Both sides, Brookline Avenue to the Dead End, excluding HP –DV
- Both sides, Brookline Avenue to Dead End
- Both sides, from #1249 Boylston Street to Charlesgate East
- Both sides, from Brookline Avenue to Ipswich Street
- Both sides, Brookline Avenue to David Ortiz Drive, excluding HP –DV
“Tow Zone No Stopping Boston Police Special Event HP Parking Only Tuesday and Wednesday” signs on the following street:
North side, from Ipswich Street (near #1249 Boylston Street) heading west to Richard B. Ross Way