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More than Spring TrainingLee County Parks & Recreation (LCPR) maintains and manages the CenturyLink Sports Complex, home to Hammond Stadium (Minnesota Twins spring training site), the Twins Player Development Academy, four state-of-the-art softball fields, five baseball fields, and two skills fields.
Hammond Stadium is also used by the Twins minor league affiliates, the Ft. Myers Miracle and the Gulf Coast League Twins and by LCPR Sports Development Events for sports tourism events for economic benefit of Lee County. The softball fields are used by the YMCA for men's and co-ed softball league Mon-Thurs and by collegiate and community teams throughout the year. The fields may be used for other events, but BY PERMIT ONLY. Parking (map): Is at-cost and is operated by the Twins organization. ADA accessibility: YesEvent Calendar: click here Hours
Hammond Stadium is open on game days only.
LCPR hours of operation at CenturyLink are 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. (or as needed for events/games).Address14100 Ben C. Pratt/Six Mile Cypress ParkwayFort Myers, Florida 33912
Contact InformationKeith Blasingim239-533-7695RBlasingim@leegov.com
Development of the CenturyLink ComplexThe CenturyLink Sports Complex has undergone a major renovation to ensure the facility remains one of the best in Major League Baseball. The renovations began in 2013 and concluded in 2015. Upgrades include: renovation to the Minor League clubhouse and administrative areas, an agility hill, the addition of a Minor League Academy, weight room and locker room enhancements, expanded seating (to 9,300 capacity), a new parking lot, 360-degree boardwalk, improved concourse areas and concessions, premium and group seating installment, a new retail store, additional offices and storage space, enhanced suites and balcony seating, grass berm, and more! A new video scoreboard was added this year. In total, the renovations cost $48.5 million. None of it was funded by any Lee County resident tax-payer dollars.
Renovation Cost Breakdown
$15 million - State of Florida grant
$27.5 million - Bond, Lee County is paying back through tourist taxes ("bed tax")
History of Hammond StadiumThe Minnesota Twins began spring training in Lee County in 1991, after 53 years in Orlando. For the first time, the entire Twins organization was co-located. The Twins have been a big part of the Lee County community ever since and have made a significant economic impact on the area. The Twins inaugural 1991 spring training season set the new grapefruit league attendance mark at 112,355, the best spring training record in baseball, 21-10, and the team went on to be Baseballs World Champions.