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Red Sox unveil initial plans for new spring-training facility

The plans for a new Lee County spring-training complex include a replica of the Green Monster, but the rest of the design is pure Florida: light and airy, with plenty of room for fans to move about. We have renderings of the project, slated to open in 2012.

The Boston Red Sox unveiled initial renderings of the team's new Lee County spring-training complex.

The design, from Populous and Fort Myers architect Jeff Mudgett, isn't a slavish imitation of Fenway Park: indeed, the design is almost the opposite, featuring a light and airy feel, giving the 11,000 fans a lot of room to move about the facility. Instead of Boston south, the firms came up with a very modern, Florida look for the facility, slated to open in Spring Training 2012. The cost of the project: $75 million.

All of Boston's spring-training, extended spring and rookie-ball needs will be filled at the facility, with six adjacent practice fields and clubhouse space for all. That's in stark contrast to the team's current setup: spring training finds the team practicing at the minor-league complex and then moving to City of Palms Park once games start.