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Red Sox’ spring training home JetBlue Park undergoing emergency repairs

Red Sox’ spring training home JetBlue Park undergoing emergency repairs

JetBlue Park is just nine years old, but the Red Sox’ spring training home is already undergoing emergency maintenance that Lee County, Fla., representatives believe could save lives.

The county’s procurement management director requested a quarter-million-dollar emergency purchase last month in order to repair concrete in the skyway that connects the north side of the park to the south side, according to Fox 4 News in Southwest Florida.

The director told the station it could be “an extremely catastrophic if not fatal situation if it were to collapse.”

The skyway is mostly used by team employees and media members and typically off-limits to fans on game days. The belief is that the concrete had started to crack and needed to be repaired immediately.

A team spokesperson issued a statement to the Herald on Friday that said, “the Red Sox are aware of the repair work Lee County is undertaking at JetBlue Park. We’re glad the issue was identified and is being addressed, and have every confidence in their continued maintenance of the complex.”

The repair work has already begun on the $78-million stadium, which is owned by the county and rented by the Red Sox. Now the county will need to get the $250,000 expenditure approved by the county’s commissioners at the next board meeting on Tuesday, according to Fox 4. 

Pitchers and catchers usually report to JetBlue Park around the second week of February. Games are scheduled to begin on Feb. 27.

Published at Sat, 30 Jan 2021 00:01:26 +0000

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Written by Riel Roussopoulos

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