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Red Sox provide first look at new spring training complex

Posted by Matt Pepin, Boston.com Staff  February 25, 2010 11:04 AM

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The view from the first base sideline. Renderings provided by Populous/Parker/Mudgett/Smith Architects, Inc.


Preliminary architectural renderings of the new Red Sox spring training complex in Fort Myers were released today.

The field itself resembles Fenway Park, including a Green Monster replica in left field, and it also features the same dimensions and playing characteristics of Fenway Park. The design was done by the firm of Parker/Mudgett/Smith Architects, Inc., of Fort Myers, Populous, and D'Agostino Izzo and Quirk of Boston.

The total capacity will be approximately 11,000, and the complex includes the main field, six practice fields and facilities. The price tag has been estimated at $75 million.

"It's still a work in progress so people shouldn't leap to conclusions about it," Red Sox president Larry Lucchino told The Associated Press. "I like the Fenway similarity. The charm of Fenway Park. The Florida look and feel. Not a duplicate of Fenway Park with heavy red brick and New England style. It's meant to be different and lighter and airier and breezier and more Florida-like."

The park has not been named, although many have taken to calling it "Fenway South."

The Red Sox have held spring training in Fort Myers since 1993. A 30-year-lease will begin when the new ballpark opens.

An Associated Press report was included in this story.

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