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Updated: October 3rd, 2013 10:51pm
Twins break ground on renovations to spring training complex

Twins break ground on renovations to spring training complex

by Nate Sandell
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Construction on the Minnesota Twins' updated spring training and minor league facilities is underway.

Lee County and the Twins broke ground Thursday on a $48.5 million renovation project to update the team's Lee County Sports Complex and Hammond Stadium in Fort Myers, Fla.

The renovations are to be completed in two phases. The initial phase, which includes the expansion of Hammond Stadium's capacity to 9,300 seats, is slated to be wrapped up by the onset of spring training in 2014.

Further upgrades to the stadium, including an expanded clubhouse, are a part of the second phase, scheduled to be finished in February 2015.

The Twins have called the Fort Myers complex their training home for 22 years.

"Since 1991 the Twins and Lee County have enjoyed the model public-private partnership," Twins president Dave St. Peter said in a statement. "Today's groundbreaking signifies the evolution of the partnership as well as this facility. The Twins are honored to call SW Florida home and are committed to continued year-round engagement across the community. Moreover, we believe the LCSC renovation project will only further solidify Lee County's reputation as a Grapefruit League hotbed"

Here's a list of the planned renovations, according to the Twins' official release:

Phase 1 (Spring 2014)

• A new residential player development academy

• Renovations to the Minor League clubhouse and administrative areas

• A new Gulf Coast League playing field

• A new agility field

• Completion of a 360 degree boardwalk and concourse at Hammond Stadium, including new berm seating in left field

• Expansion of Hammond Stadium's seating capacity of 8,000 to 9,300

• A new parking lot

Phase 2 (February 2015)

• Upgraded and expanded concourses

• Improved concession services

• Restroom renovations

• Premium seating improvements

• Clubhouse expansion and improvements

• A new retail store

• New areas for group seating

• Press box renovations

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