Saturday, February 4, 2012


Grand opening, open house plans announced for JetBlue Park, the Red Sox's new Lee County spring training home

The Lee County Board of Commissioners and the Boston Red Sox today announced plans for the opening of JetBlue Park at Fenway South, the team’s new 106-acre spring training and player development complex in south Lee County.

The Lee County Board of Commissioners and the Boston Red Sox will host a grand opening celebration at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 25, where they will officially open the ballpark and spring training complex to the public. Executives and crewmembers from JetBlue Airways, the official airline of the Boston Red Sox, will also be on hand to help officially open JetBlue Park. The grand opening ceremony will be followed by an open house, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., open to all fans and visitors.

During the open house, fans will have an opportunity to walk freely around JetBlue Park and enjoy concessions and entertainment on Fenway South Drive – a street festival reminiscent of Yawkey Way in Boston. Much like at Fenway Park in Boston, the street will have entertainment including, face painting, magicians, stilt walkers, a bounce house, obstacle course, and other games for children. As well, to help support Florida’s Blood Center, a blood drive will be taking place during the open house for those who are able to make a blood donation.

Feb. 25 also marks the date of the first full squad workout of the 2012 Red Sox team. Fans will have an opportunity to walk around the practice fields of Fenway South in addition to JetBlue Park where, for the first time, both major and minor league teams will train together at a single complex.

Other key spring training dates include:

>> Sunday, Feb. 19: Pitchers and catchers report – the Player Development Complex will be open to the public free of charge.

>> Saturday, Feb. 25: First full squad workout, opening celebration, and free Open House.

>> Saturday, March 3: First college exhibition games featuring Northeastern University at 2:35 p.m., followed by Boston College at 7:05 p.m.

>> Sunday, March 4: First official Grapefruit League Game matching the Red Sox and Minnesota Twins at 1:35 p.m

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