jetBlue Park at Fenway South

JetBlue Park at Fenway South (or informally JetBlue Park) is a baseball park in Fort Myers, Florida,[1] part of the Fenway South training and development facility.

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.

JetBlue Park
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°WCoordinates: 26°32′53″N 81°45′48″W / 26.54806°N 81.76333°W
Capacity10,823
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)
Construction
Broke groundMarch 4, 2011
OpenedMarch 3, 2012
Construction costUS$77.9 Million
ArchitectPopulous
Structural engineerBliss & Nyitray, Inc.
General contractorManhattan Kraft Construction
Tenants
Boston Red Sox (2012–present)
GCL Red Sox (2012–present)

History

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 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]

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Design

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.[8][9]. 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 would have exceeded FL code.

Another unique feature about the Green Monster is that like 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.[10]

Other features from the ballpark in Boston that are present in the spring training stadium are the triangle, Pesky's Pole, and Lone Red Seat that marks the longest home run hit in the Fenway's history.[8]

One of the signature features of the ballpark is the wavy roof that sits 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 that make up the ballpark are embedded with sea shells from nearby Sanibel Island.[11] 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.[12]

Features

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, and has lounge areas with flat screen televisions.[9][9]

Opening

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.

Tenants

In addition to serving as the home field for Red Sox spring training games JetBlue Park is the home field for the GCL Red Sox, who play in the Rookie-level Gulf Coast League (GCL) 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.[13] 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.[14]

Gallery

JetBlue Park at Fenway South

JetBlue Park at Fenway South before a Yankees Red Sox game

JetBlue Park at Fenway South 2

The Red Sox play a spring training game against the Yankees at night

JetBlue Park at Fenway South 3

The design of the wavy roof is made to resemble the Cypress trees in the area

JetBlue Park at Fenway South 4

Another shot of the wavy roof and Pesky's Pole off in the distance

JetBlue Park at Fenway South 5

The Green Monster with seating within the wall and the triangle off to the right

JetBlue Park at Fenway South 6

The Yankees take batting practice before a game

JetBlue Park at Fenway South 7

A shot from above the roof of the Red Sox dugout

See also

References

  1. ^ a b "JetBlue Park". Boston.redsox.mlb.com. Retrieved 2011-10-07.
  2. ^ "Sox new facility to be named jetBlue Park". Retrieved 2012-02-13.
  3. ^ Drouin, Roger (2008-05-01). "Red Sox look toward Sarasota". HeraldTribune.com. Retrieved 2015-04-30.
  4. ^ Browne, Ian (2008-11-01). "Sox to stay put for Spring Training | redsox.com". Boston.redsox.mlb.com. Retrieved 2015-04-30.
  5. ^ Charlie Whitehead (2009-04-28). "A home run: Lee commissioners choose Watermen-Pinnacle as site for new Red Sox spring home - Naples Daily News". Naplesnews.com. Retrieved 2015-04-30.
  6. ^ "Red Sox provide first look at new spring training complex - Extra Bases - Red Sox blog". Boston.com. 2010-02-25. Retrieved 2015-04-30.
  7. ^ a b "JetBlue Park | The News-Press". news-press.com. Retrieved 2015-04-30.
  8. ^ a b "JetBlue Park: Fenway takes flight in Florida - SportsBusiness Daily | SportsBusiness Journal | SportsBusiness Daily Global". M.sportsbusinessdaily.com. Retrieved 2015-04-30.
  9. ^ a b c McDonald, Joe. "Inside Fenway South - Boston Red Sox Blog - ESPN Boston". Proxy.espn.go.com. Retrieved 2015-04-30.
  10. ^ "Green Monster at JetBlue Park has its own quirks - Sports". The Boston Globe. 2012-03-09. Retrieved 2015-04-30.
  11. ^ "BlueTales » JetBlue » Today Is Opening Day At JetBlue Park!". Blog.jetblue.com. 2012-02-25. Archived from the original on 2013-04-11. Retrieved 2015-04-30.
  12. ^ "JetBlue Park at Fenway South Earns Distinguished LEED® Certification | redsox.com". Boston.redsox.mlb.com. 2012-10-09. Retrieved 2015-04-30.
  13. ^ "JetBlue Park Events | redsox.com: Ballpark". Boston.redsox.mlb.com. 2014-06-30. Retrieved 2015-04-30.
  14. ^ 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 2013-05-20.

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2017 Florida State Seminoles baseball team

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Florida State finished the 2016 season with a 41–22 record, winning 16 conference games, and finishing as the runner-up in the ACC Tournament. The Seminoles qualified for the NCAA Tournament for the thirty-ninth consecutive year, where they won the Tallahassee Regional but were eliminated by Florida in the Gainesville Super Regional. Prior to the start of the season, Florida State was picked to finish first in the Atlantic Division as well as the ACC, while shortstop Taylor Walls, catcher Cal Raleigh, infielder Dylan Busby and outfielder Jackson Lueck were named preseason All-American players.Despite failing to finish with a winning record in ACC play for the first time, the Seminoles went on to win the ACC Tournament to secure a spot in the NCAA Tournament as the twelfth overall seed. Eventually advancing to the Super Regionals, Florida State went on to become just the 21st team to ever lose their first game and come back to win four straight to take the regional, going on to make their first appearance at the College World Series in five years. Nine players from the team were selected in the MLB Draft, the most for the school since 1995.

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Boston Red Sox

The Boston Red Sox are an American professional baseball team based in Boston, Massachusetts. The Red Sox compete in Major League Baseball (MLB) as a member club of the American League (AL) East division. The Red Sox have won nine World Series championships, tied for the third-most of any MLB team, and they have played in 13. Their most recent appearance and win was in 2018. In addition, they won the 1904 American League pennant, but were not able to defend their 1903 World Series championship when the New York Giants refused to participate in the 1904 World Series. Founded in 1901 as one of the American League's eight charter franchises, the Red Sox' home ballpark has been Fenway Park since 1912. The "Red Sox" name was chosen by the team owner, John I. Taylor, circa 1908, following the lead of previous teams that had been known as the "Boston Red Stockings", including the forerunner of the Atlanta Braves.

Boston was a dominant team in the new league, defeating the Pittsburgh Pirates in the first World Series in 1903 and winning four more championships by 1918. However, they then went into one of the longest championship droughts in baseball history, dubbed the "Curse of the Bambino" after its alleged inception due to the Red Sox' sale of Babe Ruth to the rival New York Yankees two years after their world championship in 1918, an 86-year wait before the team's sixth World Championship in 2004. The team's history during that period was punctuated with some of the most memorable moments in World Series history, including Enos Slaughter's "mad dash" in 1946, the "Impossible Dream" of 1967, Carlton Fisk's home run in 1975, and Bill Buckner's error in 1986. Following their victory in the 2018 World Series, they became the first team to win four World Series trophies in the 21st century, with championships in 2004, 2007, 2013 and 2018. Red Sox history has also been marked by the team's intense rivalry with the Yankees, arguably the fiercest and most historic in North American professional sports.The Boston Red Sox are owned by Fenway Sports Group, which also owns Liverpool F.C. of the Premier League in England. The Red Sox are consistently one of the top MLB teams in average road attendance, while the small capacity of Fenway Park prevents them from leading in overall attendance. From May 15, 2003 to April 10, 2013, the Red Sox sold out every home game—a total of 820 games (794 regular season) for a major professional sports record. Both Neil Diamond's "Sweet Caroline", and The Standells's "Dirty Water" have become anthems for the Red Sox.

City of Palms Park

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A crew of six is on hand during spring training to groom the Ballfields/Common grounds. Since Lee County Parks and Recreation has taken this facility over from the City of Fort Myers in 2003, the Grounds Crew has won the Ground Crew of the year award for the Red Sox Gulf Coast League in 2005 and 2007.

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Gulf Coast League

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GCL teams play at the minor league spring training complexes of their parent Major League Baseball clubs and are owned by those parent clubs. Admission is not charged and no concessions are operated at the teams' games. The players assigned to this level are first-year players who are drafted in the MLB entry draft a few weeks prior to the start of the GCL season, and emphasis is therefore placed on skill development, rather than competitive play.

Gulf Coast League Red Sox

The Gulf Coast League Red Sox are the rookie level Minor League Baseball affiliate of the Boston Red Sox. The team is located in Fort Myers, Florida, and plays its home games at the jetBlue Park in the Fenway South complex. The team played its first four seasons (1989–1992) in Winter Haven, Florida, moved to City of Palms Park in Fort Myers in 1993, and moved to its current facility in 2012.

JetBlue

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