Fort Myers Beach: Spring Training

Credit: Hammond Stadium; ballparksofbaseball.com

Can’t make it to Fort Myers Beach during winter? No problem. Visiting Fort Myers Beach during springtime is filled with fabulous temperate Florida weather and plenty of sunshine! Hit the ball out of the park this year and combine beach life and America’s favorite pastime—baseball! Gulfview Manor is located a short drive to not just one, but two spring training stadiums for two very popular Major League Baseball teams, the Minnesota Twins and The Boston Red Sox.

Travel seamlessly from the shores of the Gulf of Mexico to the baseball diamond. Each March, these two teams return to Southwest Florida for spring training. The Minnesota Twins have called Fort Myers their home away from home since 1991. Each year, the Twins return to Hammond Field to play in front of 9,300. Hammond Stadium hosts everything a seasoned Twins fan, or a new fan would want—including a taste a menu that would please any Minnesotan, authentic cheese curds. Hammond Stadium and the CenturyLink Sports Complex are recognized as one of Baseball America’s Top-5 Spring Training facilities.

Hammond Field is located at 14100 Ben C. Pratt Six Mile Cypress Parkway, Fort Myers, FL 33912. Visit their official website at http://minnesota.twins.mlb.com/min/spring_training/ballpark/.

The Red Sox return to Jet Blue park, our areas largest with seats for up to 11,000 people. The park plays homage to the official Home of the Red Sox, Fenway Park in Boston with its very own “big green monster wall in left field. Thankfully, it comes without the frigid temperatures of Boston! Keep your eye out for the Red Sox’s game schedule, as it changes every year. The Red Sox tend to play in Fort Myers throughout the months of February and March, so plan accordingly.

Jet Blue Park is located at 11581 Daniels Pkwy, Fort Myers, FL 33913. Visit their official website at http://boston.redsox.mlb.com/bos/ballpark/jetblue_park.jsp.

The teams competing against the Twins and the Red Sox (and thus making appearances in Fort Myers) are the Pirates, the Orioles, the Mets, the Marlins, the Cardinals, the Rays, the Phillies, the Blue Jays, the Yankees.

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Ticket prices and game schedules are released in mid-November, with ticket sales beginning in December or January, so you can plan your visit to either field in advance. With baseball games happening nearly every day during spring training, you can often grab tickets when you arrive.