Posted by Mark Washburn on Monday, March 28, 2016 at 11:11:53 AM By Mark Washburn / March 28, 2016 Comment
Fort Myers Miracle, the local Class A Advanced minor league baseball team in the Florida State League, has seen attendance numbers go up dramatically under new ownership and a move to the newly renovated Hammond Stadium. The Miracle won the Florida State League championship in 2014. The Miracle open the season on Thursday, April 7, at Hammond Stadium against the Bradenton Marauders. The first 500 fans will receive a pair of sunglasses. Last season, attendance numbers went up more than 12 percent with almost 134,000 attendees in the 2015 season. Hammond Stadium, the Spring Training facility for the Minnesota Twins, and Lee County spent more than $48 million to renovate the baseball stadium and sports complex located in Fort Myers just off Daniels Parkway. The facility is the season home for the Fort Myers Miracle, a Minnesota Twins minor-league organization. The new owner of the Fort Myers Miracle, Jason Hochberg, intends for his baseball team to reach Number One in attendance in the Florida State League this year. To experience the newly renovated ballpark and increase attendance, Hochberg aims to improve the concession stand offerings, including adding craft beers to the mix of refreshments. Owner Jason Hochberg is also adding new promotions in 2016 to entice people to fill the Fort Myers ballpark’s stands with special guest appearances at the park and new giveaways. Special guest appearances in 2016 include actor Barry Williams, who played Greg Brady on the popular “Brady Bunch” TV show, professional wrestlers, and actor Larry Thomas, who played the memorable role of the “Soup Nazi” on the “Seinfeld” TV show. Special fireworks displays will light up the skies above Hammond Stadium throughout the season. Hochberg will partner with businesses and companies to put on special events. Hochberg is a New York native and attorney. Previously, he was a sports team owner of the Springfield Armor, a minor league basketball team sold last year to the NBA’s Detroit Pistons. The Fort Myers Miracle is currently in third place in attendance, behind the Clearwater Thrashers and the Daytona Tortugas. Jeff Smith manages the team.
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