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William Hammond Stadium

Fort Myers, FL

Home of the Minnesota Twins Spring Training

3.9

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William Hammond Stadium (map it)
14100 Six Mile Cypress Pkwy
Fort Myers, FL 33912


Minnesota Twins Spring Training website

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Year Opened: 1991

Capacity: 8,010

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Springtime in Southwest Florida

When the announcement is made before the game that the temperature in Minneapolis is 31 degrees, it’s easy to see why many Minnesotans look forward to coming to sunny Fort Myers, Florida to watch Spring Training baseball. Aside from the fifty-degree temperature difference and the fact that it’s a short drive to the beach, the stadium has a lot to offer in terms of a great fan experience.

Hammond Stadium and the Lee County Sports Complex have been the spring home to the Twins for 23 years. The complex is also the spring home to the Twins' six minor league affiliates. The complex has five full and two half-fields. Hammond Stadium has a capacity of 8,010. The complex is also home to the Twins' two minor league affiliates in the Sunshine State, the Class A-Advanced Florida State League Miracle and the Rookie Gulf Coast League Twins.

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What is FANFARE?

The FANFARE scale is our metric device for rating each stadium experience. It covers the following:

  • Food & Beverage
  • Atmosphere
  • Neighborhood
  • Fans
  • Access
  • Return on Investment
  • Extras

Each area is rated from 0 to 5 stars with 5 being the best. The overall composite score is the "FANFARE Score".

Food & Beverage    5

The stadium's four concessions stands offer the best selection of food and beer I have ever seen at a spring training ballpark. The concession stands have all the ballpark favorites (hot dogs, popcorn, soft pretzels, nachos, peanuts, sunflower seeds and Cracker Jacks) and also offer a cold cut Italian Sub, pizza, chicken tenders and French fries. Introduced this year (2013) are two instant favorites, the Carolina hot dog and Carolina nachos, both covered in barbecue pulled pork, baked beans and coleslaw.

The Char Bar offers the usual hamburgers and cheeseburgers, but for those looking for something a little more adventurous, they also offer a mac-and-cheese burger (burger covered in creamy macaroni and cheese), and a grand slam burger (bacon cheeseburger). The Richard Simmons burger is a burger topped with a bratwurst, grilled chicken breast, cheese and bacon for only $10.25. This is not too bad... if you are hungry. To finish up the menu at The Char Bar, you can get turkey legs, bratwursts, a Breakfast Brat (a brat topped with scrambled eggs, bacon and maple syrup) or a grilled chicken sandwich.

The right field concession area offers "State Fair Favorites." Before you think corn dogs and cotton candy, though, remember where you are. Options include Kaufhold's cheese curds, calamari fries, French fries, sweet potato fries, funnel fries (funnel cake fries covered with powdered sugar), mozzarella sticks, boneless wing basket and a coconut shrimp basket. And for dessert -- yes, dessert -- you can get a sweet potato sundae (sweet potato fries topped with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and caramel syrup) or a funnel fry sundae (funnel cake fries topped with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and chocolate syrup).

In order to wash down all of that delicious food, Hammond Stadium offers Pepsi products, Killebrew root beer, bottled water and an excellent beer selection. Yuengling cans and draft beers can be purchased at the concession stands. Non-alcoholic beer is also sold for all the designated drivers.

Finally, we're off to The Beer Garden, located on the third base concourse. With a large selection of imports, domestic and craft beers in bottles and on draft, the garden offers a beer selection that may cause some sports bars to blush. The Beer Garden sampler will get you four five-ounce draft beers. The selection on tap the day I visited included Corona Light, Woodchuck Pear Cider, Stella Artois, Landshark, Magic Hat 9, Sweetwater 420 Extra Pale Ale, Kona Brewing Company Firerock Pale Ale, Gordon Biersch Marzen, Goose Island Beer Company 312 Urban Wheat, Shock Top Honeycrisp Apple Wheat, Twin City Red and Bud Light Lime. Well drinks and frozen drinks (for all the non beer drinkers) are offered to round out the beer garden menu. The food and beverage prices are in line with what you would expect to pay at the ballpark, and with that selection you can't go wrong -- or hungry.

Atmosphere    4

Hammond Stadium is not a bad place to see a ballgame. There are five seating levels. The seats in the 100 level have cupholders. The 200 level is metal bleacher seating with no cupholders. A roof partially covers the first and third base 200 level bleachers, in case you need shade or protection from the rain.

The scoreboard is what one might expect at a spring training park, with a small video screen at the bottom to show the player at bat, position, today's stats and what the player did in their last at bat. It also shows raffle ticket numbers, group greetings and other promotions. The sound system offers a quality level of sound.

The overall atmosphere is awesome. T.C., the official Twins mascot, is there to get the home crowd going. Most fans seemed happy to be in the sun enjoying a baseball game on the day I visited.

Neighborhood    3

Hammond Stadium is located in the Lee County Complex. The complex features two soccer fields, a softball complex and other athletic facilities for Lee County organizations to use. There is also an eight-acre water-management lake for public fishing.

There is an office complex beside the stadium. A strip mall down the road has a grocery store and other shops.

Fans    4

You will find a lot of Twins fans and a fair share of the visiting team's fans at Hammond Stadium. The fans are knowledgeable and willing to stay even when the star players are taken out and other players are put in to get some at-bats. You can even hear some excitement in their voices when talking about the upcoming season.

Access    3

Getting to the ballpark is easy. Hammond Stadium is located about 3.5 miles off of Interstate 75. There are signs that will point you in the right direction.

Parking costs $10 per car on the day of the game, or $8 if purchased in advance. The office complex beside the stadium offers $5 parking, but there is a nice walk to the stadium. Getting out of the parking lot takes a little time, but nothing that would be unexpected.

The concourse is crowded, and is probably the biggest problem the stadium has. The crowds must be crazy during a rain delay. People were everywhere on the day I visited. I recommend leaving with an out remaining in the half-inning if you go to get food or to the restroom.

The restrooms are clean, with walls featuring murals of animals and the lyrics to "Take Me Out To The Ball Game". This appears to be designed to entertain the kids.

Return on Investment    4

Ticket prices vary based on the opponent and the day of the week. Tickets for a dugout box seat are $43 and $40, depending on the day. A box seat can be purchased for $29 and $24, respectively. Reserved seats are $27 and $24. In right field near the nice-sized concession stand, there are drink rail seats, with a rail for your food and beverage and a stool-like seat. Those tickets go for $29 and $26. There is a small lawn area, and those prices are $16 and $13.

The ticket prices are in line with the other spring training sitesin Florida. I recommend getting a box seat and some sunscreen. Plan to come to the ballpark hungry, eat some great food and enjoy a spring training game.

Extras    4

The Twins have a Minnesota Day each year during spring training. There is a pre-game tailgate party for the Minnesotans going to that day's game.

Players were signing autographs before the game on the day I visited. The autographs were signed for those who bought a cookbook from the Twins players' wives.

The parking lot uses the names of former Twin greats as street signs to remind you where you parked.

Final Thoughts

If you are a baseball fan, spring training is the best time to see a game, because you get to see your team's current and future stars play. Hammond Stadium is a nice place to see a game, and the location is great if you like beach destinations.

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Crowd Reviews

New Touches to William Hammond Stadium

Total Score: 3.57

  • Food & Beverage: 5
  • Atmosphere 4
  • Neighborhood: 2
  • Fans: 4
  • Access: 3
  • RoI: 4
  • Extras: 3

An already fun venue in Ft. Myers, FL has been improved with the completion of the outfield concourse. Previously, fans could not walk all around the stadium. Now, you can do an entire lap and checkout new seating and concession areas behind the outfield wall.

The wide array of food and drink available would fit right in at a big league park. I treated myself to an Island Dog (hot dog with cole slaw and Jamaican relish) and a Guinness caramel "beer shake."

More renovations are on the horizon as the second-level bleacher seating will be removed and replaced by the same style seating found in the lower bowl.

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