New architectural renderings of JetBlue Park were also unveiled today.
A number of the characteristics of the new ballpark are taken from Fenway Park, including a “Green Monster” that will feature seating both on top of and behind the wall, as well as a manual scoreboard; exact replication of Fenway’s unique playing field dimensions; replication of Fenway’s seating bowl and seats; and location of the bullpens beyond the outfield wall in right-center-field.
Also, every effort has been made to provide adequate shaded coverage, an important feature that fans have enjoyed at City of Palms Park.
In the spirit of Yawkey Way in Boston, the street positioned immediately south of JetBlue Park on the complex grounds will become an extension of the ballpark’s concourse and create additional space to enhance the fan experience on game days. This area will have a family-friendly, “street festival” feel featuring entertainment, concessions, and other activities, both pre-game and in-game.
JetBlue Park also captures elements that reflect its Southwest Florida location, and the considerable landscaping around the complex will extensively utilize vegetation indigenous to the area.
JetBlue Park and the new Player Development Complex are being designed and constructed by a world class team. The design team includes Ft. Myers-based Parker/Mudgett/Smith Architects Inc.; Populous, which has played a role in designing more than 150 collegiate, spring training, minor league, and Major League ballparks; and Boston-based D’Agostino Izzo and Quirk, who has worked extensively on the ongoing improvements at Fenway Park. The Fort Myers office of Manhattan Kraft is partnering with Casey Construction and Chris-Tel Construction, both based in Fort Myers, to provide construction management services.
The new complex will provide state-of-the-art training facilities positioned on a single site and is intended to be used year-round. It will include JetBlue Park, the main ballpark with a total capacity of approximately 11,000 fans (including standing room and berm), six practice fields, and other adjoining facilities that will house both the Major and Minor League operations and a rehabilitation center.
JetBlue Park, the new Red Sox Spring Training Ballpark, and the adjoining Player Development Complex are located at 11581 Daniels Parkway, Fort Myers, FL 33913. The Complex is approximately two miles east of Interstate 75 and approximately six miles from Southwest Florida International Airport. Lee County has been the Spring Training home of the Red Sox since 1993.