Published: May 20, 2014 10:30 AM EDT
Updated: May 20, 2014 12:55 PM EDT

FORT MYERS, Fla.- Lee County and Edison State College have approved and signed a contract for a long-term use agreement for the college to use City of Palms for the school's baseball and softball teams.

The agreement allows for the college’s baseball and softball teams to begin their season in autumn 2015 with fall ball, and the regular season will launch spring 2016. They will be the Buccaneers.

Among the contract highlights:

· It’s a 10-year agreement with the possibility of a five-year extension.

· There will be an approximately 30-game baseball season and an approximately 30-game softball season.

· Edison will fund its sports program; the County will continue to maintain the sports facility as it already does. No additional costs to taxpayers are anticipated.

City of Palms is play-ready for collegiate baseball. The County and Edison State will convert the site’s practice field into a softball facility for Edison State’s women’s team, and the configuration of the field will also allow for it to accommodate youth sports tourism events.

Edison State College, which will be renamed Florida SouthWestern State College on July 1, announced earlier this year it would revive its collegiate sports program, starting with baseball and softball. The Buccaneers competed from 1963 through 1997 in several sports, including baseball, softball, men’s and women’s basketball, men’s and women’s tennis, men’s and women’s golf, volleyball and wrestling.

City of Palms stadium, originally built by the City of Fort Myers, was the spring training site of the Boston Red Sox from 1993 until 2011, when the team moved for spring training in 2012 to JetBlue Stadium.

For more information about City of Palms Park and other Lee County Parks & Recreation stadiums or sports complexes, visit www.leeparks.org. Information about Edison State College athletics programs is at www.edison.edu/athletics