Posted by Mark Washburn on Wednesday, February 18, 2015 at 8:49:07 AM By Mark Washburn / February 18, 2015 Comment
Have you grown tired of the snow yet? With some of the greatest snow totals in history piling up every day, it’s time for snowbirds to head south to Florida, enjoy sunny weather and remind yourselves that next month begins baseball Spring Training in Fort Myers. For Boston Red Sox and Minnesota Twins fans, spring training happens in our stadiums in Fort Myers so take a break from that cold snowy weather back home and join us for some incredible baseball as you cheer on your teams and get a glimpse of what life is like in idyllic Fort Myers. The Boston Red Sox Spring Training facility at JetBlue Park (or Fenway South!) in Fort Myers opened in 2012. It seats 11,000 fans, and the grass field has ideal conditions for playing baseball. Ticket prices range from $10-$48, which makes this affordable for the whole family. Located at 11581 Daniels Parkway, the ballpark is on the outskirts of Fort Myers on the eastern side of the city, north of the Fort Myers airport. The entrance is marked Fenway South Drive. Take Daniels Parkway east past I-75. JetBlue Park has been a nice change over the previous Red Sox training facility at City of Palms Park. Is has a larger seating capacity and it looks a bit like Boston’s Fenway Park with a Green Monster in left field. At JetBlue Park, the white canopy reminds you that you’re in sunny Florida as it flutters with the Gulf breeze, providing shade for fans in the grandstand. The cypress groves at the stadium are part of the region’s natural ecosystem providing shade and shelter for animals and birds. The building material on the walls of the JetBlue Park are seashells added to the blocks and when the surface is polished, it adds an interesting shine to the structure. The terraced seating provides baseball fans with seats ideal for watching spring training. The Red Sox have been training at JetBlue Park since it opened in 2012; previously they trained at City of Palm Park beginning in 1993. JetBlue Park is also used by the Gulf Coast Rookie League’s Red Sox. The Minnesota Twins also train in Fort Myers at Hammond Stadium, a 7,500-seat complex. Ticket prices range from $10-$26. Hammond Stadium is located at 14100 Six Miles Cypress Parkway in Fort Myers; from I-75, take Daniels Parkway exit west 2 miles to Six Miles Cypress Parkway; drive south and the stadium is on the right. After a long winter filled with snow, sunny Fort Myers is a welcome destination for Minnesota Twins fans longing for a bit of sunshine. As March is the snowiest month in Minnesota, it’s a welcome relief to travel south to watch your beloved team begin spring training in a warmer climate. For the Minnesota Twins, Lee County Sports Complex in Fort Myers has been their spring training home since 1991 with 5 full fields, 2 half fields and a ballpark that is also home to the Fort Myers Miracle (Class A in Florida State League) and the Gulf Coast League Twins. As you enter the complex, all the streets are named for Twins baseball stars. Palm trees line the sidewalks ushering you into the ballpark—a welcome tropical sight for snowbirds.
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