Boston Red Sox

jetBlue Park at Fenway South

Ft. Myers, FL

Year Opened: 2012

Capacity: 10,823

Grade: 89 Ranking: FL: #5/14; Overall: TBD

Note: A full, in-depth review will come out in 2017-2018. The following bullet points consist of quick opening thoughts. Likes and dislikes will be extensively qualified in subsequent reviews. They also don’t contain detailed architectural or aesthetic observations.  

March 15th 2012: Outfield Grandstand
March 16th 2012: Home Plate Box
March 16th 2015: Green Monster Deck
March 15th 2016: Outfield Grandstand
March 14th 2017: Field Box

Photo Gallery at bottom of page

 

  • JetBlue Park gets an A for perfectly representing the Red Sox and having an architectural style that reflects the area
  • With its undulating roof mimicking the Cypress trees in the distance, this park might be the most architecturally distinct in the Grapefruit League
  • Also considering the effective implementation of Fenway Park’s features, the interior aesthetics are probably the best overall in Florida
  • But the amenities simply aren’t as good as nearly every new or renovated spring training park to open this decade
  • Perhaps this rating system isn’t fair to a ballpark trying to emulate another from 1912, so take this rating/ranking with a grain of salt if you must
  • The lack of a 360-degree concourse for a ballpark that opened in 2012 is puzzling, but understandable looking at the design
  • It is the only renovated or new spring training park in the 2010s with no destination bar area
  • Most importantly, there is a general lack of sitting areas and places to hang out and watch the game (as the concourse is closed to the field, also unusual for a new park), as jetBlue Park is behind the times, something that they may not be worried about, however
  • But jetBlue Park still a top-tier spring training ballpark

 

Likes and Dislike

Things I like:

  • Fusion of Florida and Red Sox baseball
  • Excellent interior aesthetics
  • Ted Williams statue
  • Outfield retired number plaza area
  • Fan street plaza area with food trucks
  • A taste of Fenway South
  • Excellent atmosphere, obviously
  • Great fans
  • Tons of historical references
  • Green Monster
  • Green Monster deck seating
  • Seashell infused concourse design from Sanibel Island

Things I don’t like

  • Closed concourse that doesn’t encircle the field
  • No destination bar
  • Comparative lack of sitting areas or places to hang out and watch the game
  • In 2017, much of the local food options were gone, most notably Pinchers seafood; I’m going to treat this as an aberration
NEXT - Setting

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Scorecard:

Setting: 7/10

Location/Access: 7/10

Architecture & Aesthetics: 23.5/28

Exterior Design: 7.5/10

Interior Aesthetics: 13.5/15

Concourses: 2.5/3

Functionality: 17.5/25

Sightlines: 7.5/10

Seat Comfort: 4/5

Concourses: 4/7

Scoreboard: 2/3

Atmosphere: 16.5/17

Ballpark Personality: 10/10

Fan Support: 5/5

Ballpark Policies: 1.5/2

Amenities: 14.5/20

Concessions: 9/10

Premium Seats: 2.5/4

Sitting Areas: 2/4

Entertainment: 1/2

Conclusion

Bonus: 10

Final Score: 89