Lee County and the Minnesota Twins have broken ground on the $48.5m project to renovate the Lee County Sports Complex (LCSC) and Hammond Stadium in the US.
The renovations, designed by the architectural firm Populous, will be carried out in two phases.
The LCSC serves as the Spring Training home of the Twins as well as the team’s year-round player development operations, including the franchise’s Florida State League affiliate Fort Myers Miracle.
Phase one renovations at LCSC will include a new residential player development academy, renovations to the Minor League clubhouse and administrative areas, a new Gulf Coast League playing field and a new agility field.
Plans under phase one also include a new parking lot, expansion of Hammond Stadium’s seating capacity of 8,000 to 9,300 and a 360 degree boardwalk and concourse at the stadium.
Phase one renovations are expected to be completed by the early to mid-2014.
The second phase additions and renovations at Hammond Stadium will include upgraded and expanded concourses, improved concession services, restroom renovations and seating improvements.
Plans also include clubhouse expansion and improvements, a new retail store, new areas for group seating and press box renovations.
Phase two renovations are expected to be completed by February 2015.
Populous principal Bruce Miller said the renovations will create additional space for the team with the addition of the Twins Academy and will provide improved amenities for fans.
"Hammond Stadium and the Lee County Sports Complex is an important part of the culture of this community and the renovations will ensure that it will continue to be for decades to come," Miller said.
Manhattan Twins Joint Venture will manage the construction works, which are anticipated to be completed in time for Spring Training 2015.
Manhattan Twins Joint Venture is a partnership between Manhattan Construction, Chris-Tel Construction and Casey Construction.
Image: The two-phase project is expected to be completed in time for the start of Spring Training in 2015. Photo: Courtesy of Populous.