Fort Myers, FL
|Team: Boston Red Sox (spring training)||Alternate Team: GCL Red Sox|
|League: Grapefruit League||Opening Day: March 4, 2012|
|Capacity: 10,823||Dimensions: LF 310, CF 420, RF 302 (same as Fenway Park)|
|Surface: grass||Architect: Populous (Kansas City), Parker/Mudgett/Smith (Ft. Myers), Quirk (Boston)|
|Contractor: Manhattan Kraft Construction||Official Name: jetBlue Park at Fenway South|
|Cost: $77.9 million||Ground Breaking: March 4, 2011|
In 2008, the Red Sox started looking for a new home. Their current home, City of Palms Park, was dated and located almost three miles from their practice facility. The Red Sox, wanting to stay in Ft. Myers, struck a deal with a thirty year lease attached. The dimensions of the park mirror Fenway Park, including a Green Monster. The manual scoreboard was actually used at the big ball park at one point, but was sitting in storage in South Dakota when the park was being built. The park is also supposed to resemble Florida. The wavy roof is supposed to be reminiscent of the cyprus trees in the area. The blocks that form the park are embedded with seashells from nearby Sanibel Island. The ballpark is LEED Certified.
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