The Twins are spending their 24th Spring Training season at the Lee County Sports Complex in 2013. Spurred by the state-of-the-art facility, the Twins won the 1991 World Series after enjoying their most successful spring training camp in history as they posted a record-high 21 wins.
The Lee County Complex is home to the Twins and two of their minor league affiliates. It features five full and two half-fields, the centerpiece of which is a 7,500-seat stadium in which the major league Twins play their exhibition games and conduct some of their daily workouts. The main stadium was renamed Bill Hammond Stadium late in the 1994 spring season in honor of the Deputy County Commissioner who was instrumental in getting the complex built for the Twins.
The Sports Complex is the home to two of Minnesota's minor league affiliates, housing both the Miracle of the Class A Florida State League and the Rookie-level Gulf Coast League Twins.
Complete home and visiting clubhouses are included in the stadium proper, and complete facilities for the minor league teams are contained in a building adjacent to their playing fields. The Major League club's administrative offices are located in the stadium, with the minor league department's offices in the building adjacent to their fields.
The complex also features two soccer fields, a softball complex and other athletic facilities for use by Lee County organizations, plus an eight-acre water-management lake for public fishing.
The Twins trained in Orlando, Fla., from 1936 to 1990 (with the exception of the war years of 1943-45, when they conditioned in College Park, Md.), and their minor league clubs moved to Terry Park in Fort Myers in 1990, after headquartering in Melbourne, Fla., from 1964-89.
Lee County and the Minnesota Twins have announced they will break ground on the $48.5 million renovations to the Lee County Sports Complex (LCSC) and Hammond Stadium.
Designed by Populous, a global sport and convention center architecture firm, the renovations will be completed in two phases.
Phase 1 renovations at LCSC are expected to be completed by the spring of 2014 and will include:
The player development academy elevates the facility beyond a traditional Spring Training facility with the goal of creating a year-round, multi-discipline, residential training center for players and staff. The residential component of the academy will be paid for by the Twins organization, which is contributing $6 million to cover that component and concessions equipment.
Phase 2 additions and renovations at Hammond Stadium are expected to be completed by February 2015 and will include:
All construction, which is being managed by Manhattan Twins Joint Venture (a partnership between Manhattan Construction Company, Chris-Tel Construction and Casey Construction), is expected to be completed in time for Spring Training 2015.
The Lee County Complex is located south of the city of Fort Myers near Interstate Highway 75.