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Fenway Theater near Fenway Park would be Boston’s biggest indoor music venue

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Proposal calls for 5,000-seat performing arts center

Rendering via Fenway Sports Group/Boston Globe

The Boston Red Sox and concert hegemon Live Nation want to build a 5,000-seat performing arts venue between Lansdowne and Ipswich streets behind Fenway Park’s bleachers.

The venue would be the largest indoor one of its kind in Boston, and would add a much needed accouterment to the city’s social and arts scene, according to its backers.

But it would have to, of course, win over its Fenway neighbors first. Given that the neighborhood has seen quite a bit of new development of late—including new apartment and condo buildings—that might be a tall order.

As it stands, plans for what has been dubbed Fenway Theatre remain “preliminary,” with any discussions of costs and construction timelines for the apparently three-story structure “premature,” per the Globe’s Tim Logan.

Fenway Sports Group—the entity controlled by John Henry that owns the Red Sox—has yet to file anything with the requisite city authorities either. Stay tuned.