The Hammond Stadium improvements greeting fans for spring training 2014 include the addition of a left-field berm, center-field concessions, a wraparound concourse and an expansion of the right-field deck with drink rails and a new bar. Capacity is now 9,300 — up some 1,300 seats — including new SRO space.
The changes are part of a $48.5 million upgrade package for Hammond Stadium and the Lee County Sports Complex. This year fans are the main beneficiaries of the Hammond Stadium improvements. In 2015 the Twins players and front office will be the beneficiaries of improvements that include expanded clubhouses, improved minor-league facilities, renovated offices, new weight facilities and a new player dorm. In addition, the 2015 Hammond Stadium improvements will include expanded concourses. From the Star Tribune:
“One of our initial goals was to enhance the fan experience,” said Peter Hayden, project director for Manhattan Construction. “The boardwalk is going to do that in the first phase. It is going to give the building a lot more room to breathe, a lot more crowd room, a lot more room space for people to spread out and really experience the game from different points of view and different vantage points.”…
The tour revealed great views of the field from both left and right field. Yes, there’s little relief from the sun on hot days — except in right field, where a structure just to provide shade has been created that just happens to be next to the bar.
“I do expect fans to walk through the facility,” Twins President Dave St. Peter said. “Maybe watch for a few innings in right, then view a few innings in left field, then come back to their normal seats behind home plate.”
We’ll be at Hammond Stadium on March 5 to view the improvements first-hand.