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#1 Parker Hageman

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Posted 04 September 2013 - 12:14 PM

You can view the page at http://twinsdaily.co...aining-upgrades

#2 DJL44

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Posted 04 September 2013 - 03:24 PM

Should keep Bill Smith busy for a while

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Posted 04 September 2013 - 05:13 PM

Glad the planning has stopped and the construction will start as soon as the Miracle season is over. I have been to several standing room only crowds down there and it can get pretty hectic. I think that the wrap around porch will be fun. I suspect lots of people will buy standing room tickets just for the bar and for catching BP HRs. Been to Port Charlotte and those are some of the best seats.

Will be fun to see what will change next spring.

To the west of the player academy, the current water retention pond will be filled and become a fourth baseball field facing southwest with a new water retention pond behind it.


took me a while to think about where that "water retention pond" was and realized that he was referring to that mosquito breeding ground south of the complex by the county softball fields. Hallelujah that will be gone. :)

One thing that needs to be mentioned: The approval of these changes (and the county funding securing) took place a while ago. It "cost" the Twins an renewal of the lease for another 30 years, which means that the Miracle, their GCL team, instructional league and ST facilities are set for another generation. And with the Nationals about to occupy the City of Palms (the facility the Red Sox abandoned to move to their new place) in a couple years, Fort Myers (if it were not) will be the place to be come Spring...
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Posted 05 September 2013 - 07:28 AM

I'll enjoy the changes. As a figure at spring training for many years now, I'm looking forward to these improvements. However, as Target Field was to the tax payers in Hennepin County, Lee County Sports Complex and Jet Blue Park is to the tax payers in Lee Country. As the county commissioners here cut and threaten to cut helpful services, millions go into the baseball stadiums. While it would be fun to have a trifecta of teams, I sort of hope they don't commit more millions to lure the Nationals to City of Palms Park. Not sure the residents here should pay the cost of yet another baseball team.

And, Thrylos, that retention pond isn't going away; it's just being moved. While the mosquitos are annoying, the retention pond serves the purpose of collecting water used for watering the fields. At least that's what the retention pond near my parents is for.

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Posted 05 September 2013 - 10:51 AM

And, Thrylos, that retention pond isn't going away; it's just being moved. While the mosquitos are annoying, the retention pond serves the purpose of collecting water used for watering the fields. At least that's what the retention pond near my parents is for.


Would it then make sense to get the retention pond closer to the fields, instead of close to a major sporting site and within a city? Move it by RSW :)
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Posted 05 September 2013 - 10:51 AM

I don't understand the eliminating of the gift shop. They do a big business in there both for the Twins and the Miracle. I imagine it will just be moved, maybe out to right field.

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Posted 05 September 2013 - 11:02 AM

I hope none of the facility improvements worsen the parking situation. For well-attended spring training games the traffic congestion on the grounds is terrible. You need to get there early. If you leave your hotel only a half hour before game time you'll usually miss the opening pitch.

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Posted 05 September 2013 - 11:14 AM

I didn't get a clear idea of which, if any, parts of the project will be completed this winter in time for spring training 2014, and which won't happen until a year after that.

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Posted 05 September 2013 - 11:20 AM

I thought the things affecting Hammond Stadium itself was to be done this winter. At least that's what I interpreted listening to the 'locals' at the game last night.
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Posted 05 September 2013 - 03:18 PM

There's a chance I'll be there sometime in March, so this project is definitely of interest.

#11 Parker Hageman

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Posted 05 September 2013 - 03:23 PM

[QUOTE]The approval of these changes (and the county funding securing) took place a while ago.[/QUOTE]

Yes, this was approved in November 2012 by the county. The upgrades have been discussed dating back to the approval of the Jet Blue Stadium.

[QUOTE]I don't understand the eliminating of the gift shop. They do a big business in there both for the Twins and the Miracle. I imagine it will just be moved, maybe out to right field.[/QUOTE]

I will be relocated on the main concourse, they just are removing the area where the gift shop is to create the open-view to the field. There will also be a second gift shop placed on the ground level of the stadium.

[QUOTE]I didn't get a clear idea of which, if any, parts of the project will be completed this winter in time for spring training 2014, and which won't happen until a year after that.[/QUOTE]

A lot of what is happening at the Hammond Stadium structure will not be completed until spring training 2015.

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Posted 07 September 2013 - 04:17 PM

I received an article, with a map of the improvements today. To clarify some of the things I didn't understand in the article above, here are what I got out of this one.

There will be a new gift shop.

The retention pond they talk about is south of the minor league facilities. It's not going away, just part of it. I didn't think they could just fill that in, there's alot of fish in there, and some of my golf balls!

If you're familiar with the the grounds, there's a gate that leads into the small parking lot next to the minor league offices. It's almost always open, and we can walk thur there to where every one wants to go, (it's the best place to get autographs). So say you walk out of that gate and across the street, right where I park. That's where the new dorms will be built. Really close to the training room and batting cages and offices. How much of that field will be used I can't tell. To the west is the grounds crew garages.

Right behind the new dorms will be the new field. So some of that little lake will be filled in for that. In the diagram, the lake will still loop around from behind the grounds keepers area, around the new field and back to the softball fields. Really still close for watering those fields.

Now just down Plantation Road, south, just south of the new field and retention pond it looks like a strip coming in from Plantation, with a new retention pond to be built there on 15 acres the County bought and is clearing. There will be fan parking there, and two new entrances. If you noticed this last year part of it was cleared and that was where the stadium workers would park.

Oh, also, a new agility field will be build on the current parking lot which looks to be just east of the minor league batting cages and training facility.

That is part of the area where the minor leaguers park. I would certainly hope there'll be a parking lot for them next to the dorm area, there's a lot of room there.

Hope this clears up a few things. See you there in the spring!