Ever since the drought ending, history defying World Series title run of 2004, Red
Sox fans, known as Red Sox Nation, have built a reputation as some of the most passionate and best traveling fans in the league.
After winning their third World Series in 9 years in 2013, Red Sox Nation is only getting stronger. With New Englanders waiting
for the freezing temperatures of winter to slowly turn to spring, this Spring Training is definitely going to be one of the
most anticipated ever. The heat of Fort Myers, Florida marks not only the coming of the warmer weather, but the long awaited
return of Red Sox baseball and the defense of their title.
Every year, Red Sox fans come out in droves to watch the
trucks carrying the Red Sox baseball equipment as it departs Fenway Park in Boston for their spring home of JetBlue Park,
or Fenway Park South, in beautiful Fort Myers. JetBlue Park was custom built in 2011 with the exact dimensions of Fenway Park,
the iconic and quirky home of the Red Sox, which recently celebrated its 100th Anniversary. What better way to become acquainted
with Fenway than to spend spring getting used to a 37 foot high left field wall exactly like the Green Monster in Boston.
The park has all of the landmarks of Fenway, down to Pesky's Pole, the right field foul pole named after legendary and beloved
Red Sox player Johnny Pesky, and the Lone Red Seat, which sits in right field, marking the longest home run ever hit at Fenway,
hit by Ted Williams.
In 2008, the Red Sox organization began looking for a new home for their spring training facilities
due to the decline and outdated qualities of City of Palms Park, where the Red Sox had played since 1993. With World Series
titles in 2004 and 2007, Spring Training was an incredible draw for the Red Sox and they needed to have a complex that had
all the modern amenities and would help celebrate the history and uniqueness of the Red Sox organization. jetBlue Park opened
in 2012, thrilling fans who made the trip south to interact with their favorite stars like Dustin Pedroia and David Ortiz,
but also get a look at up and coming prospects as they vie for a spot on the team.
Park in Fort Myers, Florida is the Spring Training home of the Boston Red Sox, the 2013 World Series Champions. Families and
baseball enthusiasts flock to the Florida sunshine for Spring Training, which is when the players and coaches are the most
accessible to the fans. JetBlue Park was built with the exact dimensions of Fenway Park, which is useful to the development
of the players and thrilling to the fans. The Grapefruit League is also the home of the New York Yankees, the Red Sox biggest
rivals, as well as formidable foes like the Detroit Tigers, Atlanta Braves and Tampa Bay Rays.
In addition to Spring
Training, JetBlue Park is also home to Fenway South, their new state of the art practice facilities. There are six in total,
as well as player development and rehabilitation center to aid any Red Sox player trying to heal up and head back to the majors.
JetBlue Park is also the home of the Gulf Coast League Red Sox, the youngest members of the organization, with only four players
on the thirty man roster allowed to be ever 21 years of age. The GCL Red Sox are true rookies, looking to make a splash on
the field and hopefully get moved up. The Gulf Coast League is comprised of the Red Sox, Twins, Reds, Orioles and Pirates.
Fort Myers, Florida
Known as "The City of Palms", Fort Myers, Florida is located on the west coast of South Florida.
Thanks to warm temperatures year round, Fort Myers is always a popular destination for those looking to pack up their parkas
and head south for a little r&r. There is so much to do in Fort Myers, that it is hard to know where to start. Fort Myers
is known for its beautiful beaches along the Gulf of Mexico, with crystal blue water lapping on white sandy beaches. Visitors
find no lack of beach activities, welcome to shell, kayak, visit nature preserves, and just relax. Together with world class
golf and spa, there is truly something for everyone in Fort Myers. Its main claim to fame might be the spring time pilgrimage
of the Red Sox Nation, looking to get up close and personal with their favorite players at Spring Training, especially with
the new JetBlue Stadium.
What makes JetBlue Park unique, just might be how similar it is
to Fenway Park in Boston. With capacity at over 10,000, JetBlue Park is an intimate version of its iconic counterpart, but
built with its famed landmarks, including the Green Monster and Pesky's Pole. There is seating on top of the Green Monster,
as well as three levels of seats inside the Monster, allowing for incredible views of the outfield. Unlike Fenway, though,
JetBlue Park has a wavy roof over the infield seats, shading fans from the South Florida sunshine. Even the farthest seat
from home plate has a spectacular view!
JetBlue Park Trivia
Populous, the architectural firm behind JetBlue
Park is responsible for some of the best new ballparks in Major League Baseball. Populous designed the new Yankee Stadium,
the Target Center, the new home of the Minnesota Twins, and the jewel of them all, AT&T Park in San Francisco, built on
the shores of the San Francisco Bay.