The Summit Street Ticket Office, at the corner of Summit Street and Plymouth Street, will provide fans with a second Will Call area, in addition to the ticket office at Gate D on Madison Street. This office will allow the many fans who walk from the Worcester Common and Union Station to enter on Plymouth Street without having to walk around to Madison Street.
Summit Street features a beautifully-painted mural featuring historic Canal District personalities, including Babe Ruth; as well as the Wormtown Brewery; Sherwood Diner; “Beantown Betty,” a veteran Duckboat from Boston’s many World Championships; A Taste of Worcester, presented by Masis Staffing Solutions; a Cap Car; and the new Summit Street Ticket Office.
The opening of Summit Street introduces “The WooSox Loop,” a 0.4 mile route that allows fans to circumnavigate the park. Fans can leave their seats, wander around the ballpark, and complete the circuit. Signage will provide mile markers along the way. In the future, the WooSox Loop will be open for the public to walk around the park, whether the team is home or on the road, in-season or off-season.
“A Taste of Worcester,” presented by Masis Staffing Solutions, is another element that adds Worcester flavor to Summit Street and the ballpark. Local restauranteurs will have a home from which they can provide their culinary delights at games.
“Beantown Betty,” the famed Boston Duck Boat, has chosen to retire to Worcester. Fans will be able to board the boat once occupied by Tim Wakefield, Jason Varitek, and a host of stars from all four major sports during World Championship celebrations. Adults can toast the World Series champs with a beverage from Wormtown Brewery, dispensed on the side of the boat. The WooSox received the amphibious craft from Cindy Brown and Tony Cerulle of Boston Duck Tours.
Restored to its 1940s health is the Sherwood Diner, thanks to a generous donation from the George F. and Sybil H. Fuller Foundation. Pronounced “Sheerwood,” the diner will be the headquarters of the WooSox Foundation, and will serve as a meeting spot and gathering place during games as well as when the team is not playing. While it will not function as a “ham and egg” restaurant, it will serve Table Talk Pies, coffee, and Polar Beverages, among other treats. From time to time, WooSox and Boston Red Sox players may be meeting fans and signing autographs, pre-game shows and post-game shows may be broadcast from there, mascots may meet children there, and the WooSox Foundation’s many community partners will be able to use the diner as an outpost for their information and story-telling.
Wormtown Brewery will also have its own set of taps right at Gold and Summit—the Wormtown Summit. Fans can enjoy the local brewery’s popular refreshments at “the summit of the summit.”
The “Cap Car” will have its parking space on Summit Street as well. The ornately adorned drivable vehicle is a merchandise outpost.
A beautiful new mural will connect Gold Street to Ash Street on the west side (ballpark side). The mural depicts a host of Canal District personalities, including Babe Ruth, and was painted by local artist Ryan Gardell of Artifakt Studios, with Ferlay Jean-Baptiste and Ivy Orth participating as assistant artists. Beyond the Babe, who was known to quench his ample thirst at the Canal District’s Vernon Hotel, the mural pays tribute to Theodore Tonna, Emma Goldman, Tobias Goldman, Jaki Byard, Stanley Kunitz, and Mary Jane Mack.