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County downsizes new Red Sox facility

The Red Sox are scheduled to move into a new facility in Fort Myers in 2012. But the $75 million project is running into some cost issues according to a story in the Fort Myers News-Press.

The stadium will seat 11,000, not the 12,000 originally promised to the Red Sox. There will be five practice fields instead of six, fewer luxury suites and perhaps less space in the clubhouses.

Red Sox senior vice president of business affairs Jonathan Gilula told the newspaper that the team accepted the changes.

The facility will still be a significant upgrade over what the team has now. But this story is certainly one that needs to be monitored.

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UPDATE, 4:49 p.m.: Spoke to Susan Goodenow, the team’s Vice President of Public Affairs. She said Sox are, “confident the county will fulfill its obligations” in terms of the new facility and that the design process is ongoing.

Goodenow said the team is working closely with Lee County on the design of the new facility.

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