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JetBlue Park

Jet Blue Park at Fenway South from a Yankees vs. Red Sox spring training game
Full nameJetBlue Park at Fenway South
Location11581 Daniels Parkway
Fort Myers, Florida
Coordinates26°32′53″N 81°45′48″W / 26.54806°N 81.76333°W / 26.54806; -81.76333
Field sizeSame as Fenway Park:
Left Field: 310 feet
Left-Center Field: 379 feet
Center Field: 420 feet
Right Field Bullpen: 380 feet
Right Field Pole: 302 feet
SurfaceBermuda Grass (Celebration)
Broke groundMarch 4, 2011
OpenedMarch 3, 2012 (2012-03-03)
Construction costUS$77.9 Million
Structural engineerBliss & Nyitray, Inc.
General contractorManhattan Kraft Construction
Boston Red Sox (2012–present)
FCL Red Sox (2012–present)

JetBlue Park at Fenway South is a baseball park in Fort Myers, Florida.[1] Opened in March 2012, it is primarily the spring training home of the Boston Red Sox, replacing earlier separated facilities at City of Palms Park and Boston's former (1993–2011) minor league complex, also located in downtown Fort Myers.[1] The naming rights were purchased by JetBlue,[2] an airline with major operations at Boston's Logan International Airport since 2004.

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In 2008, the Red Sox began exploring the possibility of relocating their spring training facility. Their previous spring training facility, City of Palms Park, was lacking the modern amenities that other spring training ball parks had and was located two and half miles away from the team's minor league complex. Red Sox CEO Mike Dee visited Sarasota to talk with city officials about the possibility of the team moving there.[3] Sarasota County commissioners then voted 4-0 to approve the purchase of land for a Red Sox spring training facility. Fearing the possibility of losing the Red Sox the Lee County Commission voted in October 2008 to agree to build a new ballpark for the Red Sox. The Red Sox also signed a 30-year lease with the city of Fort Myers.[4] The following April it was announced that the new stadium would be located on a 126-acre (51 ha) lot north of Southwest Florida International Airport.[5] When the Red Sox announced they would stay in Fort Myers they stated the new stadium would be similar to Fenway Park. The architecture team was led by local Fort Myers firm Parker/Mudgett/Smith Architects, Inc. and Populous and assisted by Boston firm Quirk.[6] The groundbreaking was in August 2010 and construction commenced in February 2011.[7]

A JetBlue Airbus A320, registration N605JB, was painted in Red Sox colors in 2012,[8] the 100th anniversary of Fenway Park.


The ballpark's field has exactly the same dimensions as Fenway Park and some of the unique features as the Boston ballpark as well. The most notable is a replica of the Green Monster in left field. However, unlike the one in Boston, the Green Monster in Fort Myers has seating within the wall. There are three rows of seats carved into the middle portion of the wall. Separating the seats inside the wall from the field is a net so that balls cannot go inside the seated area. Any ball hit off the net is considered to be in play.[9][10] The space in the Green Monster where the seats are behind the netting was necessitated by Florida Hurricane building codes as a wall of 37 feet (11 m) would have exceeded Florida code.[citation needed]

Another distinctive feature of the Green Monster is that, like the original one in Fenway Park, it has a manual scoreboard. The scoreboard is the same, 1934-vintage unit that had been used for decades in Fenway Park, but before being installed in Fort Myers was in a storage facility in South Dakota. The manual scoreboard is different from the one in Boston though because there is no room behind it where a scoreboard operator can put numbers while the game is going on. Instead, a scoreboard operator works in a room in between the scoreboard and the foul line and has to run out in between innings with a ladder and scoreboard tiles to change the scoreboard.[11]

Other features from the ballpark in Boston which are present in the spring training stadium are the triangle, Pesky's Pole, and Lone Red Seat marking the longest home run ever hit in Fenway's history.[9]

One of the signature features of the ballpark is the wavy roof sitting over the seats in the stadium, providing shade for the fans in attendance. The roof also is an example of how the ballpark incorporated its location in Florida into the design of the stadium. The wavy design of the roof resembles the Cypress trees in the surrounding area of the ballpark. In addition, the blocks which make up the ballpark are embedded with sea shells from nearby Sanibel Island.[12] The park also features a lawn in right field, a popular feature in spring training parks.[7]

The ballpark's design is also LEED Certified.[13]


In addition to the ballpark where spring training games are played there is also a state of the art player development complex. Unlike the old spring training ball park, JetBlue Park is located on the same piece of land as the player development complex. The player development complex features six fields that can be used for drills during spring training, injury rehab assignments and many other baseball activities. One of the six practice fields has the same dimensions as Fenway Park. There are two locker rooms, one for the major league players and another one for the minor leaguers. The major league locker room used during spring training has an oval shaped design, is 50,000 square feet (4,600 m2), and has lounge areas with flat screen televisions.[10]


The first game played in JetBlue park was on March 3, 2012, against Northeastern University. However, the first Grapefruit League game played at the park (the third game overall) was played on March 4, 2012 against the crosstown rival Minnesota Twins. On March 4 the ceremonial first pitch saw eight current players catching, with the balls brought onto the field by Carl Yastrzemski, Jim Rice, Luis Tiant, and Dwight Evans. The first homer at the field was hit in the opening game by Lars Anderson and was a grand slam. The home team won, 8–3.


In addition to serving as the home field for Red Sox spring training games JetBlue Park is the home field for the FCL Red Sox, who play in the Rookie-level Florida Complex League (FCL) during the summer. The park also one of the host venues for the annual Roy Hobbs World Series and serves as a venue for local festivals, circuses, conferences, and many other events.[14] In May, 2013, JetBlue Park was the host site for the final round games of the Florida High School Athletic Association's statewide high school baseball championship tournament.[15]


See also


  1. ^ a b "JetBlue Park". Retrieved October 7, 2011.
  2. ^ "Sox new facility to be named JetBlue Park". March 29, 2011. Retrieved February 13, 2012.
  3. ^ Drouin, Roger (May 1, 2008). "Red Sox look toward Sarasota". Retrieved April 30, 2015.
  4. ^ Browne, Ian (November 1, 2008). "Sox to stay put for Spring Training |". Retrieved April 30, 2015.
  5. ^ Whitehead, Charlie (April 28, 2009). "A home run: Lee commissioners choose Watermen-Pinnacle as site for new Red Sox spring home". Naples Daily News. Archived from the original on November 4, 2012. Retrieved April 30, 2015.
  6. ^ "Red Sox provide first look at new spring training complex - Extra Bases - Red Sox blog". February 25, 2010. Retrieved April 30, 2015.
  7. ^ a b "JetBlue Park". The News-Press. Retrieved April 30, 2015.
  8. ^ "N605JB JetBlue Airways Airbus A320-200". Retrieved April 3, 2021.
  9. ^ a b "JetBlue Park: Fenway takes flight in Florida - SportsBusiness Daily | SportsBusiness Journal | SportsBusiness Daily Global". Retrieved April 30, 2015.
  10. ^ a b McDonald, Joe (February 17, 2012). "Inside Fenway South - Boston Red Sox Blog - ESPN Boston". Retrieved April 30, 2015.
  11. ^ "Green Monster at JetBlue Park has its own quirks - Sports". The Boston Globe. March 9, 2012. Retrieved April 30, 2015.
  12. ^ "BlueTales » JetBlue » Today Is Opening Day At JetBlue Park!". February 25, 2012. Archived from the original on April 11, 2013. Retrieved April 30, 2015.
  13. ^ "JetBlue Park at Fenway South Earns Distinguished LEED® Certification |". October 9, 2012. Retrieved April 30, 2015.
  14. ^ "JetBlue Park Events | Ballpark". June 30, 2014. Retrieved April 30, 2015.
  15. ^ Handel, Craig (May 14, 2013). "Three of country's top six schools set to play in state finals at JetBlue". Ft. Myers (FL) News-Press. Retrieved May 20, 2013.[permanent dead link]

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