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JetBlue ParkStart Date: 8/1/2010

Status: Completed
For Department: Parks & Recreation

Details: JetBlue Park is a state-of-the-art spring training facility developed for the Boston Red Sox. It is constructed on a 106-acre site located two miles east of I-75 on Daniels Parkway. The park consists of an 11,000-seat ballpark built with the same field configuration as Fenway Park in Boston. Also matching Fenway is a 37-foot-high “green monster” wall in left field giving hitters an opportunity to hit towering home runs over its overwhelming presence. Seating is located within the wall, as well as on top giving an excellent view of the entire facility. Architectural components include an iconic roof line that undulates at various angles, mimicking the tops of the cypress trees surrounding the park. The stadium structure provides offices for the team’s business operations as well as its baseball operations located within the 50,000 s.f. clubhouse. Three day-suites are available for large groups to watch a game while enjoying an indoor, air-conditioned space. Also provided is ample space for the large press contingent that follows the team. The stadium offers an array of seating “neighborhoods” that provide varying fan experiences from comfortable box seats to picnic table areas to standing room drink rails. Another feature is an original manual scoreboard that resided in Fenway Park from the 1970s to 2002 and a new electronic video board located in right field. The ballpark is supported by six practice fields, 10 covered batting cages, four outdoor batting cages, various gang pitching mounds, and a player agility field. At the center of the cloverleaf configuration of fields is a building containing a small concession stand, restrooms, and dressing facilities for umpires. This building and the playing fields will be utilized by amateur tournaments and high school teams when not in use by the Red Sox. Game day parking for the facility will take place on six lighted athletic fields designed for use as soccer, lacrosse, and other field sports to be programmed by Parks & Recreation for community use.
Estimated Completion Date: 2/19/2012

Location: 11500 Fenway South Drive, Fort Myers, FL 33913 [ MAP ]

Cost:
Funding Source: Tourist Tax Revenue

Contractor: Manhattan Construction of Florida, Inc.
Engineer: Johnson Engineering
Architect: Populous

Additional Information:
JetBlue Park Construction Timeline



Photos:

Rendering of Completed Project


February 14, 2012