Boston Red Sox spring training home

Boston Red Sox Spring Training Home

Boston Red Sox spring training home

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Since , the city of Fort Myers in Lee County, Florida, United States has been the Spring training home of the Boston Red Sox when the club moved from Winter Haven (now the spring-training home of the Cleveland Indians). Boston trains at the City of Palms Park since the ballpark opened, while the minor-league facility, featuring five full fields, is a short distance away. City of Palms Park is also used by the Gulf Coast League Red Sox.

The park, built in a classic Florida style, with a main covered grandstand and palm trees past the outfield fence, was designed by HOK Sport + Venue + Event, the same architect responsible for Coors Field, Minute Maid Park, and LandShark Stadium, amongst others.

The Minnesota Twins play their spring training at Hammond Stadium, which is also located in Fort Myers. Each spring the two teams will play five of their preseason games against each other in a series known as the Mayor's Cup.

New spring facility to open in 2012

The Red Sox's spring training lease with Fort Myers ran through 2019, however, the Red Sox began toying with exercising an early out in their contract that allowed them to leave following the spring season. Chief operating officer Mike Dee met with Sarasota officials on April 25, to discuss the possibility of the Red Sox moving to Sarasota's Ed Smith Stadium once its current spring inhabitants, the Baltimore Orioles, move to their new spring home in Sarasota.

On October 28, 2008, the Lee County...
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