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2-18-14 Minnesota Twins Spring Training

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2-18-14 Minnesota Twins Spring Training
Lee County welcomes the Minnesota Twins and their families back to the 24th Spring Training at the Lee County Sports Complex and Hammond Stadium; and Whereas: Lee County Government officially welcomed the Twins into Hammond Stadium in 1991, and has worked diligently to keep the complex as modern and up-to-date as possible. In 2013, Lee County along with the Minnesota Twins, architect firm Populous and builder Manhattan, started a $48 million renovation of the facility; and Whereas: this 2014 Spring Training season marks the near completion of Phase 1 which includes a new residential development academy, renovations to the Minor League clubhouse, a new Gulf Coast League playing field, a new agility field and a 360-degree boardwalk. The addition of the new boardwalk and berm seating expands the capacity of Hammond Stadium to 9,300 spectators; and Whereas: we couldn’t be happier about our continued partnership with the Twins. We have well-established ties to the Twin Cities with a significant number of tourists visiting us each year from the Upper Midwest region. We are privileged to be associated with an organization of the Minnesota Twins caliber, and are excited to call Lee County the Spring Training home of the Minnesota Twins for at least the next 30 years; and Whereas: the 2014 Spring Training season will mark the first year of competition between the Minnesota Twins and the Boston Red Sox to win the newly re-branded “Chairman’s Cup”; NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT THE Board of County Commissioners of Lee County, Florida – along with Lee County’s Parks and Recreation Department, Visitor and Convention Bureau, Sports Development Office, Facilities Services Division and Construction and Design Department – does hereby proclaim its full support for the Minnesota Twins organization, and we send our most sincere best wishes for success in the upcoming 2014 baseball season.