FORT MYERS, Fla. – Boston Red Sox Spring Training fans can look forward to indulging in some additional food vendors and private event space at JetBlue Park this season.
New this season is the Babcock Ranch Porch, a private group space that can accommodate up to 125 guests with a great view from right field at JetBlue Park. The porch features picturesque images from the conservation and preserve areas of Babcock Ranch, giving guests a look into their backyard at this new hometown located just 20 minutes from the park.
Food additions include Miami’s Ice Goddess offering their all natural organic slushes, with flavors including watermelon and strawberry lemonade made from South Florida juice recipes. The company offers both virgin and non-virgin recipes to be enjoyed by fans of all ages. Joining Ice Goddess will be Dippin Dots, the original and unbeatable flash-frozen ice cream sensation and Fine Folk’s handcrafted, artisan pizza on Fenway South Drive and at the concessions stands.
Fan favorites like Mario’s Meat Market, Nuts Galore, Philly Pretzel Factory and Tropical Island Kettle Korn will all be returning to the Park for Spring Training.
The Red Sox previously announced plans to extend protective netting at JetBlue Park from Field Box Section 111 to Left Field Box Section 114, expanded from Field Box Section 105 to Left Field Box Section 106. The club has worked with design and engineering teams, as well as netting vendor Promats Athletics, to devise and install netting solutions for both Fenway Park and JetBlue Park that offer optimal visibility for the fan viewing experience. All netting will be “field green” in color to further minimize the impact to sightlines in affected areas. While expanded netting will offer additional protection, the club continues to encourage fans to be vigilant during games and to be on the lookout for balls and bats that may enter the stands in their seating area.
Other important dates for Spring Training fans to know:
Pitchers and catchers will hold their first workout on February 14.
Guided public tours of JetBlue Park will begin February 13. Tours will be conducted daily from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the hour on non-game days until April 7. Tickets are $7 per person, children 12 and under are free. Tickets go on sale the day of the tour at 10 a.m. at the box office and are available on a first-come, first-serve basis.
VIP pregame tours are also available on game days for $40 per person and $15 for children 12 and under. Reservations must be made in advance and require a ticket to that day’s game.
The first full squad workout will take place February 19. Workouts are free and open to the public.
A free Open House is scheduled for Sat., February 17th from 11am to 3pm at JetBlue Park. Family friendly activities will include inflatables on the field, player autographs, discounted concessions, face-painting and magicians, meet and greet/photo opportunities with Wally the Green Monsters and his little sister Tessie, self-guided tours of the park and more.
The open house will also feature the new Red Sox Showcase powered by T-Mobile. This is the first of its kind mobile experience. The 14-foot box truck transforms into a full-blown Fenway experience including a pitching accuracy challenge, Green Monster photo backdrop, batting cage where fans can choose to walk up to their favorite player’s music, steal 2ndchallenge, highlight reels, Red Sox virtual reality lockers, authentic player jerseys, bats and helmets and more.
According to Katie Haas, vice president of Florida business operations for the Red Sox, the Showcase will be at every Spring Training home game and is available for private rentals.
The Red Sox play their first exhibition game on Thursday, February 22, at 1:05 p.m. against the Northeastern University Huskies. The team will play a total of 19 home games, including 15 Grapefruit League games and two games against the Chicago Cubs on March 26 and 27 to close out the exhibition season. Red Sox Spring Training is presented by CVS Health.