Spring Training 2012 will be here before we know it, which is why planning for the new Boston Red Sox has already begun in earnest, with a conceptual site plan released to Lee County officials this week.
We already know some things about the facility: It will be located in an undeveloped part of Lee County, between Fort Myers and the local airport off Daniels Parkway. The ballpark itself will seat 9,999 (the largest a sports facility can be in Florida without incurring state review), with room on the berm for 2,000 more. The facility will be part of a 146-acre development, with the ballpark on 126 acres and the Red Sox controlling another 20 acres for development. And officials from the Red Sox and architecture firm Populous say the ballpark will be a miniature Fenway Park, complete with a Green Monster and (we presume) lots of brickwork. The total cost of the project: $75 million.
Past that, the conceptual plan doesn't address much else -- no word on what else in terms of retail or other businesses will be part of the plan.