LEE COUNTY, Fla.- Spring training is well under way now, and some Minnesota Twins fans are just hearing about the plans to upgrade Hammond Stadium. The team and Lee County are committing about $43 million to improve the facility, and the surrounding sports complex. Now, Governor Rick Scott is making his own commitment to spring training in Florida.
Most Twins fans tell us it's about time to upgrade the stadium. They're growing a little tired of hearing about the Red Sox and their new park, just a few miles from Hammond Stadium.
Hammond will get more seats, and a boardwalk around the outfield, so fans can move around and see the game from different perspectives. Lee officials, in concert with the Twins, also will bring in new, and more varied concessions.
The county and the team have agreed on improvements, to keep the Twins here for decades to come.
Governor Scott asked lawmakers to budget $5 million to keep the 15 spring training teams in Florida, to prevent them from looking for better stadiums and deals in Arizona. The Governor made the request during his "work day" at Tigers' stadium in Lakeland. Twins fans are happy to stay in Lee County, as long as people stop looking at the Twins as "secondary" to the Red Sox.
Most improvements should be finished in the next couiple of years. We're told The Miracle will play in this stadium this spring, but plans are uncertain for their games beyond this year.