Hammond Stadium

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Hammond Stadium
Hammond Stadium.JPG
Home of the Miracle
Location 14100 Six Mile Cypress Parkway
Fort Myers, FL 33912
Coordinates 26°32′18″N 81°50′31″W / 26.53833°N 81.84194°W / 26.53833; -81.84194Coordinates: 26°32′18″N 81°50′31″W / 26.53833°N 81.84194°W / 26.53833; -81.84194
Owner City of Fort Myers
Operator Lee County
Capacity 9,300
Field size 330' to Left Field
405' to Centerfield
330' to Right Field
Surface Grass
Construction
Broke ground May 15, 1989
Opened March 7, 1991
Construction cost $14 million
($24.2 million in 2015 dollars[1])
Architect Lescher & Mahoney
Ellerbe Becket
Populous (renovation)
Structural engineer Bliss & Nyitray, Inc
General contractor Case Contracting Company[2]
Tenants
Minnesota Twins (MLB) (1991-Present)
Fort Myers Miracle (Florida State League) (1991-Present)
GCL Twins (GCL)

Hammond Stadium is a baseball field located in the CenturyLink Sports Complex in South Fort Myers, Florida, United States. The stadium was built in 1991, and underwent major renovations in 2014[3] & 2015.

The Spring Training home of the Minnesota Twins will see its seating capacity increased from 7,500 to 9,300 for the Spring of 2015.[4] Class A Advanced affiliate, the Fort Myers Miracle, of the Florida State League finished out their 2014 season and FSL championship at JetBlue Park (Spring home of the Boston Red Sox, also in Fort Myers) in order to get the renovations done in time for catchers & pitchers to report in 2015. The renovations will also increase the amount of walkable area, provide more shaded areas for sunny games[5] and an expanded gift shop, among other amenities for fans and players.[6]

Field at Hammond Stadium

The Twins' Rookie League affiliate, the Gulf Coast League Twins also play in the CenturyLink Sports Complex, however, not usually at Hammond Stadium, but rather at the fields within the surrounding complex.

The stadium is named in honor of retired Lee County Deputy Administrator, William H. Hammond, Jr., who was instrumental in getting the Lee County Sports Complex (the name it was given prior to its renovations) built to draw the Twins from their previous Spring home, Orlando, Florida. Hammond Stadium's outer facade was designed with Churchill Downs in mind. The parking rows all feature streets signs named to honor former Twins greats-- including Bert Blyleven, Kirby Puckett & Kent Hrbek. There is also a waterfall fountain near the stadium's entrance.

Scoreboard

The Twins won the World Series following their first Spring Training in Hammond Stadium. Their agreement with Lee County for use of the complex runs through 2012. The Florida State League held the 48th annual Florida State League All-Star Game at Hammond Stadium in June 2009. The previous time the league held their mid-summer classic in Fort Myers was 2003.

Hammond Stadium & JetBlue Park are two of four Spring training facilities in Fort Myers. City of Palms Park and Terry Park Ballfield (also known as the Park T. Pigott Memorial Stadium) in East Fort Myers are currently not in use. City of Palms Park is the former Spring Training home of the Boston Red Sox, and Terry Park Ballfield is the former home of the Philadelphia Athletics, Cleveland Indians, Pittsburgh Pirates and Kansas City Royals.

Hammond Stadium during 2007 Minnesota Twins Spring Training.

Field Dimensions[edit]

As rain covers the field, a rainbow fills the sky over Hammond Stadium

Hammond Stadium's dimensions compared to Target Field are:[7]

Left Field    9 feet shorter    330' vrs. 339'
Left-Center    _ feet shorter    ___' vrs. 377'
Deep Left-Center    _ feet shorter    ___' vrs. 411'
Center Field    2 feet longer    405' vrs. 403'
Right-Center    _ feet shorter    ___' vrs. 365'
Right Field    2 feet longer    330' vrs. 328'

References[edit]

  1. ^ Consumer Price Index (estimate) 1800–2014. Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. Retrieved February 27, 2014.
  2. ^ Knight, Graham (June 2, 2009). "Hammond Stadium". Baseball Pilgrimages. 
  3. ^ David Dorsey (January 10, 2014). "Hammond Stadium $48 million makeover a hit". News-Press. 
  4. ^ David Dorsey (December 19, 2014). "Hammond Stadium set to be finished end of January". News-Press. 
  5. ^ Joe Roetz (December 17, 2014). "Hammond Stadium renovation project enters final phase". WorldNow & ABC 7 WZVN. 
  6. ^ Seth Soffian (December 31, 2014). "Best, brightest of Southwest Florida sports in 2014". News-Press. 
  7. ^ "Target Field Facts". Minnesota Balpark Authority. 

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