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Contact:   David Burke, Fort Myers Miracle
                (941) 768-4210




FORT MYERS, Fla. (May 23, 2002) – Attendance at Fort Myers Miracle baseball games at the Lee County Sports Complex will reach one million tonight – 11 years after the team began playing in Lee County. 

In tonight’s game, the Class A Florida State League Miracle is playing the Charlotte Rangers.  Game time is 7:05 p.m. 

Tonight’s one-millionth fan, which will be the 183rd person coming through the gates, will receive a Miracle jersey and cap and will be escorted to a designated area where a couch, tables and chairs will be present.  At the end of each inning, Miracle General Manager David Burke will present the fan the following: 

1.      Autograph Miracle Baseball

2.      Certificate for a free season ticket for life!

3.      Autograph Twins baseball of Hall of Fame Kirby Puckett

4.      Opportunity to broadcast the game live with our radio broadcaster

5.      Set of Bobblehead dolls from Minor League Baseball Association

6.      Miracle polo shirt

7.      2001 autograph FSL All-Star bat

8.      Miracle seat cushion and license plate 

The fan also will receive free food and beverages, and Miracle President Mike Veeck will personally call and congratulate the winner during the game. 

The Miracle began playing at the Lee County Sports Complex in 1992.  The 80-acre complex was completed in 1991 and its main stadium – the 7,500-seat William H. Hammond Stadium – also has been the spring training home of the Minnesota Twins since March 1991.  The Twins organization recorded its one-millionth spring training fan in 2001. 

The Florida State League is in its 83rd Anniversary Season this year.  The 12 teams each play a 140-game schedule with 70 games at home and 70 games on the road. 

The Lee County Sports Complex includes four tournament-caliber softball fields, two soccer fields and the stadium, which has four associated practice fields, 10 indoor hitting tunnels and training facilities.  The bonds used to finance its construction are being repaid with a portion of the local 3 percent tourist tax on room charges less than six months, and annual rents from the Twins and Miracle organizations.