Renovations set to begin at Hammond Stadium this month
FORT MYERS, Fla.- Spring training games bring in more than $47 million dollars to Lee County's economy each year. The county says that includes $12 million dollars in shopping and more than $11 million dollars in food and drinks, according to a 2009 study.
"Brings in a lot of revenue during the season especially room nights and spending in the community," said John Manning, County Commissioner, District 1.
To keep that money rolling in, Lee County Commissioners voted to approve the first phase of rennovations at Hammond Stadium, home of the Fort Myers Miracle and Minnesota Twins.
"Budget has already been approved by the board, now we're just moving forward with the process."
The entire renovation is set to cost nearly $43 million, funded by bed tax collections, state grants and team rents. The first phase is set to cost $10 million dollars.
"Manhattan is the company overseeing the construction so we're very pleased that's a local company. They've done renovations and stadium upgrades before," said Manning.
Phase one will include construction on the parking lot, new lighting, a boardwalk surrounding the outfield fence and more seating.