February 04, 2013
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Stan Grossfeld/Globe Staff
Workers are putting the finishing touches on JetBlue Park, the Red Sox' new spring training home.
The $78 million facility will allow the Red Sox to consolidate their major and minor league operations into one complex.
The park includes a replica, 37-foot-high Green Monster. Fans will be able to sit above and behind the wall.
The Red Sox installed an old Fenway Park scoreboard, last used in 2000, that had been in storage into the replica Green Monster.
Katie Haas, the Red Sox' director of Florida business operations, was on hand for a tour of the park.
While there are wider aisles at JetBlue Park, its third-base seats obscure some of left field, just like at Fenway.
The Fenway theme was carried through to the practice fields, which have 37-foot-high chain-link fences in left field.
Officials are completing the final round of preparations in advance of the opening of the park next year.
The park site was a swampland before construction began. Officials had to move alligators out of the area.
The park will be the Red Sox' second home in Fort Myers, where they have trained since 1993.
The park will accommodate about 11,000 fans per game.
Construction began in August 2010. It is about 90 percent finished now.
This is the view of the field from the seats atop the replica Green Monster.
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