Tuesday, March 29, 2011
Sox new facility to be named JetBlue Park
By Gordon Edes
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- The Red Sox will name their new spring training facility that is set to open next February "JetBlue Park." The team and officials for JetBlue made the official announcement at a news conference today.
“From the outset, our relationship with JetBlue Airways has been a true partnership based on our shared commitment to the highest levels of customer service,” said Sam Kennedy, Red Sox executive vice president and chief operating officer. “The foundation of our work together continues to be in Boston and Fenway Park, but we’re thrilled that with today’s announcement it now officially extends not only to our new spring training home in Lee County, Florida, but also to our work in the Dominican Republic. This is a great day for Red Sox Nation.”
The new spring training facility will feature a ballpark with seats and standing room for 11,000 fans, six practice fields and an adjoining Player Development Complex. The park will feature a “Green Monster” that will have seating both on top of and behind the wall, as well as a manual scoreboard; exact replication of Fenway’s field dimensions; and location of the bullpens beyond the outfield walls.
And like Yawkey Way in Boston, the street immediately south of JetBlue Park on the complex grounds will become an extension of the ballpark’s concourse on game days, with entertainment, concessions, and other activities.