Red Sox call JetBlue Park their spring training home
FORT MYERS, Fla. (WHDH) -- The Boston Red Sox moved into some new digs down South: the brand new JetBlue Park.
The Red Sox have called Fort Myers their spring training home since 1993, but this is their first season at Fenway South.
It gives the Sox a state of the art place to train, while still giving them the feel of their summer home.
Nearly a year ago, ago the red sox broke ground on a new home far away from Boston. Eleven months and $77.8 million later, they now call JetBlue Park their home away from home.
The park is strikingly similar to Fenway. It has the Pesky Pole, the narrow third base line and of course, the Green Monster.
Even with the new park, there are hints of vintage Fenway, like one of the original score boards removed from Fenway in 2002.
"It was stored away in South Dakota of all places and waiting for the perfect opportunity to reuse it. And what better opportunity to do that than here in this near replica of the Green Monster," one man said.
The whole idea not only for fans, but for Red Sox players, was to make it feel like home - adding the same field dimensions and having practice fields, all on site.
The team hopes this will get its players into full swing for the regular season.
"It’s such a special opportunity for them to play in a ballpark that’s so similar to Fenway in a lot of ways," said one man.
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