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Lee County, Minnesota Twins close section of Hammond Stadium pending structural review

The Minnesota Twins and Lee County halted spring training ticket sales for the Boardwalk section of Hammond Stadium in south Fort Myers after an internal assessment determined the section should be closed while a continuing structural review is conducted, the county announced Tuesday. 

“The public’s safety is our top priority. Lee County is committed to complete transparency as we investigate the issue,” Lee County Manager Roger Desjarlais said. 

County commissioners approved an agreement in September with Manhattan Construction for an engineering study and repairs to the spring training home of the Twins and home of Twins’ Low-A affiliate Fort Myers Mighty Mussels. The county doesn’t yet have the study but internal assessments indicated the section’s closure was in the best interest of public safety. It expects an engineering report in the near future, the county stated in a news release. 

Ticket sales for the rest of Hammond Stadium, which will have a capacity closer to a little more than 7,000 without the Boardwalk section that encircles the outfield, are ongoing. The stadium opened in 1991 and underwent a $48 million renovation in 2014-15 supervised by Manhattan Construction that added the Boardwalk. 

Manhattan Construction also owns the contract for the $331 million expansion of Southwest Florida International Airport that began in October. 

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