Twins break ground on Fla. spring training upgrade

The Minnesota Twins and Lee County have broken ground on $48.5

million in renovations at the team’s spring training complex in


Groundbreaking was held Thursday at Lee County Sports Complex

and Hammond Stadium in Fort Myers, Fla.

The complex serves as the Twins’ spring training home as well as

the team’s year-round player development operations, including the

franchise’s Florida State League affiliate, the Fort Myers


The renovations will be completed in two phases. The first phase

includes a new residential player development academy, a new

parking lot and expanding stadium seating to 9,300. That phase

should be completed by spring 2014.

The second phase includes upgraded concourses and improved

concessions at Hammond Stadium by February 2015.

The Twins have been training at the Fort Myers complex since