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2-18-14 Boston Red Sox Spring Training

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2-18-14 Boston Red Sox Spring Training
Lee County welcomes the reigning World Series Champion Boston Red Sox and their fans back to their 22nd Spring Training in our community and the third season at JetBlue Park; and Whereas, JetBlue Park at Fenway South opened in 2012 and sits on 106 acres, featuring a 10,000-seat stadium and a six-field Player Development Complex. The stadium dimensions are exactly the same as Fenway Park and the facility features its own “Green Monster” wall with seating both on top of and behind the wall. In addition, the site includes six full-size soccer fields; and Whereas, we are now in the third year of a 30-year lease agreement with the ballclub, thereby guaranteeing that Lee County will be the Spring Training home of the Red Sox through at least 2041; and Whereas, Lee County is privileged to be associated with an organization of the Boston Red Sox caliber. We recognize and place significant community value on the fact that the Red Sox have helped to raise millions of dollars for Lee County charities through their Foundation; and Whereas, the Boston Red Sox’s popularity and ongoing excellence has brought the world’s media attention and tens of thousands of fans to Lee County, which in turn generates a significant impact for our tourism industry. In fact, the Red Sox have enjoyed 151 sellouts over the last 152 games; and Whereas, the 2014 Spring Training season will mark the first year of competition between the Boston Red Sox and the Minnesota Twins to win the newly re-branded “Chairman’s Cup”; NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED THAT THE Board of County Commissioners of Lee County, Florida – along with Lee County’s Parks and Recreation Department, Visitor and Convention Bureau, Sports Development Office, Facilities Services Division and Construction and Design Department – does hereby proclaim its full support for the Boston Red Sox organization and we send our most sincere best wishes for success in the upcoming 2014 baseball season.