Chain of Lakes Park

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Chain of Lakes Park
Rays-Indians Game 3-27-08.JPG
Location500 Cletus Allen Dr
Winter Haven, Florida 33880
Capacity7,000
Field sizeLeft Field – 340 ft (103.6 m)
Center Field – 425 ft (129.5 m)
Right Field – 340 ft (103.6 m)
SurfaceGrass
Construction
Opened1966 (renovated 1993)
Construction cost$425,000[1]
Tenants
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 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 moved operations to City of Palms Park in Fort Myers.

In 1993, Cleveland Indians moved into Chain of Lakes Park after their own stadium in Homestead was destroyed by Hurricane Andrew. The stadium served as Cleveland's spring training home until their last game on March 27, 2008. Cleveland moved their spring training operations to Goodyear Ballpark in Goodyear, Arizona in 2009.

The future of the ballpark and facility is in doubt; its location on Lake Lulu is becoming more valuable for commercial and residential development. In 2011, developers proposed a multipurpose redevelopment of the site, including hotels, restaurants, shops, and a movie theater.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Winter Haven's spring training heritage". The Ledger. Lakeland, Florida. July 17, 2011. Retrieved February 18, 2019.
  2. ^ Plans Advancing for 'The Landings' Shopping Center in Winter Haven

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Coordinates: 28°0′2″N 81°43′39″W / 28.00056°N 81.72750°W / 28.00056; -81.72750