Hammond Stadium baseball field is situated in South Fort Myers, Florida, United States. It was built in 1991 and holds 7,500 people. The Hammond Stadium is the Spring Training home of the Minnesota Twins and houses their Class A Advanced affiliate, the Fort Myers Miracle, in the Florida State League. The Gulf Coast League Twins, which is the Twins' Rookie League affiliate, also play in the same stadium but more frequently at the fields within the surrounding complex.
The Hammond Stadium is named after William H. Hammond, Jr., who is the present Lee County Deputy Administrator. He is one of the key players in getting the Lee County Sports complex built to draw the Twins from their earlier Spring home in Orlando, Florida.
Joe Christensen, a Star Tribune's national baseball reporter, wrote that a Fort Myers property management will soon be in place. The Twins spring training home would receive a $45.5 million facelift budget. The money will be used to restore the stadium and improve its surrounding facilities. The Lee County Board of County Commissioners proposed a new 30 year-lease and the team agreed to the renovation project.
After the renovation, the stadium’s seating capacity is expected to increase from 7,500 to an astonishing 9,300. The renovation project aims to widen the concourses, improve the concession stands and rest rooms. In addition, the renovation team plans to create a 360-degree walkway for fans and more shaded areas, to make the area more appealing to the people.
Bill Smith, the Twins former general manager is very excited with the improvements to the ballpark. Smith is now working as special assistant to the team’s president and general manager. Since 1991, Smith has been the Twins point person on the project. He played a vital role in planning Lee County Sports Complex. Smith said, “We have a great complex now, but it is 22 years old, and there’s a lot of it that needs to be refreshed and remodeled.” He added “And in addition to that, there are a lot of things that have changed in the game over the last 22 years.”
Christensen also reported that the Twins would give $13.8 million toward the project, partially through the $500,000 per year increase in rent and through the construction of the on-site dormitory that would consist of 55 sleeping rooms for players and staff. The rest will be paid through a county bond issue. The state of Florida is kicking in $15 million over the stadium of the 30-year lease. Once the renovation is completed, the new lease contract will take effect.