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Twins, Lee County close to agreement on Hammond Stadium upgrades

Hammond Stadium

The Minnesota Twins and Lee County are close to announcing a $45-million plan to upgrade Hammond Stadium, the team’s spring home, as part of a 30-year lease extension.

The plan calls for the state to pay $15 million toward the project under the terms of a Florida fund set up to retain spring training, the Twins to pay $13.5 million via increased rent (from $300,000 annually to $500,000), and the county to pay the rest. The improvements will occur both at the ballpark and the training complex; the ballpark will see an upgraded concourse and new team store, while training facility would be modernized and a player dorm built.

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