Box seats are usually very close to the field, often offer the best views of the action, and are the most expensive tickets (but not always -- grandstand
tickets cost more at Fenway Park
than box seats). The origin of the term 'box seats' comes from early in baseball's
history. Bleacher seats
were standard wooden benches which would be bleached over time by the sun's rays. Those who could afford more expensive seats could buy grandstand
tickets, which featured more comfortable chairs with backs. But they were still located with the general populace. For the big bucks ($1 or so), fans could buy box seats
. Box seats were closer to the field, and were 'boxed' -- a physical barricade
enclosed each section of seats, allowing for a cleaner environment
, and a touch more privacy
, as ushers refused admittance to the box without a proper ticket.
"Our grand-stand seats almost two thousand, counting the boxes. But only the snobs, and the girls with new hats, sit in the boxes.
Box seats are comfortable, it is true, and they cost only an
additional ten cents, but we have come to consider them
undemocratic, and unworthy of true fans."
- Edna Ferber, "Buttered Side Down"
Nowadays, very few parks in any sport actually box their box seats, but the name has remained.