America's oldest ballpark on Saturday transformed into one of dozens of sites for Boston residents to vote.
Early in-person voting began at historic Fenway Park at 11 a.m. Saturday. There was a line of voters waiting to enter Gate A along Jersey Street before the polls opened.
By noon, the line had wrapped all the way around the park and onto Lansdowne Street.
"It's wonderful that the city of Boston is doing that at Fenway, which by the way is a historic place to vote if you're going to cast a vote — especially if it's your first time," resident Ari Ratner said. "What an opportunity."
The home of the Boston Red Sox is one of 27 early voting sites in Boston that are open until Oct. 30.
Those who vote at Fenway will do so at the open air concourse of the park, which officials hope is a safer alternative to indoor locations amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Voting at Fenway Park is limited to this weekend, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Voters must be registered in Boston in order to cast their ballots at the ballpark.
Residents weren't allowed in the stands on Saturday. Voters got only a quick glimpse of the field after filling out their ballots in the concourse and exiting on Lansdowne Street.
“This is the first time we’ve ever done early voting or opened up Fenway Park for any kind of voting in the city of Boston, so we’re really excited to be partners with the city on this," said Red Sox spokesperson Zineb Curran.
Despite providing a voting venue, the Red Sox organization stayed out of the politics. “We just want people to exercise their right to cast their ballot,” Curran said.
Voters were encouraged to wear masks, and masks were provided to those without masks. But no one was turned away since the goal was to provide access to anyone who wanted to cast a vote.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.