Chain of Lakes Park
|Chain of Lakes Park|
|Location||500 Cletus Allen Dr
Winter Haven, Florida 33880
|Opened||1966 (renovated 1993)|
|Field size||Left Field - 340 ft (103.6 m)
Center Field - 425 ft (129.5 m)
Right Field - 340 ft (103.6 m)
|Boston Red Sox (spring training) (1966-1992)
Winter Haven Sun Sox (FSL) (1966)
Winter Haven Mets (FSL) (1967)
Winter Haven Red Sox (FSL) (1969-1992)
Winter Haven Super Sox (SPBA) (1989)
Cleveland Indians (spring training) (1993-2008)
GCL Indians (GCL) (1993-2008)
Chain of Lakes Park is a baseball field located in Winter Haven, Florida. The stadium was built in 1966 and holds 7,000 people. It was the spring training home of the Boston Red Sox from 1966 to 1992, after which the Red Sox relocated operations to City of Palms Park in Fort Myers, Florida.
In 1993, the Cleveland Indians moved into Chain of Lakes Park after their own stadium in Homestead was destroyed by Hurricane Andrew. The stadium served as the spring training home of the Indians until March 27, 2008, when their last game was played there. Cleveland moved their spring training operations to the new ballpark in Goodyear, Arizona in 2009.
The long-term future of the ballpark and facility is in doubt as its location on Lake Lulu is becoming more valuable for commercial and residential development. In 2011, developers proposed building a shopping center on the site consisting of hotels, restaurants, shops, and a movie theater.
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