Thanks to Florida’s mild spring weather, it’s a hotbed for Major Baseball League Spring Training. Fort Myers has been the seasonal home of the Boston Red Sox and Minnesota Twins since the 1990s. With games taking place from early March through early April, Spring Training is a great chance for sports fans to enjoy some professional sports action with low ticket prices and balmy weather.
Whether you’re an ardent Red Sox fanatic, a Twins enthusiast, or a casual sports fan, Spring Training season in Fort Myers is the perfect opportunity to enjoy America’s favorite pastime. Get out your glove and bring your foam finger; it’s Spring Training time in Fort Myers.
BOSTON RED SOX
The Boston Red Sox train at JetBlue Park, a sleek modern ballpark that recently opened in March 2012. Part of the Fenway South training and development facility, JetBlue Park has exactly the same dimensions as the legendary Fenway Park in Boston – and some of the same unique features. You’ll see a replica of the Green Monster in left field, along with a manual scoreboard. Fenway fans will also notice the replica of the triangle, Pesky’s Pole, and the Lone Red Seat (which marks the longest home run hit in Fenway’s history). It’s designed to make the Boston players and fans feel right at home.
The LEED-certified ballpark also features a wavy roof inspired by Florida’s Cypress trees, and its building blocks contain seashells from nearby Sanibel Island. Along with the main ballpark, there are six practice fields and a state-of-the-art player development complex. JetBlue Park is also used by the Gulf Coast Rookie League’s Red Sox from April through June, so it’s easy to find a ballgame going on in this beautiful ballpark all throughout the spring.
Tickets start at just $5 and can be purchased in advance online. You’ll find Boston Red Sox games in Fort Myers from March 3 through April 3.
Catch the Minnesota Twins this spring at Fort Myers’ Hammond Stadium, located at CenturyLink Sports Complex (formerly known as the Lee County Sports Complex). Since 1991 the Twins have conducted Spring Training and player development in this facility, which is currently in the midst of a $50 million renovation. The ballpark is also the home of the Gulf Coast Rookie League’s Twins once the MLB team leaves, from April through June.
The renovations at CenturyLink Sports Complex include mural-size depictions of important moments in Twins history, and blown-up renderings of vintage baseball cards on the Player Development Academy. Almost the entire stadium is being revamped, including the concourses, concessions, seating, restrooms, clubhouses, retail store, offices and media facilities. All the renovations are slated for completion by the beginning of Spring Training 2015.
Ticket prices start at $10, and are available in advance online. The Minnesota Twins will be hosting games at Hammond Stadium from March 4 through April 4.