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Spring Training - Where They Play: Minnesota Twins & Kansas City Royals

"Spring Training - Where They Play" is a segment that highlights each teams Spring Training background and history.  We are covering two teams at a time; one from the Cactus League (Arizona) and one from the Grapefruit League (Florida). 

Today's teams are the Minnesota Twins and Kansas City Royals.  Enjoy!

Minnesota Twins - Grapefruit League

Fort Myers, FLHammond Stadium: Fort Myers, FL

 

  • Opened: 1991
  • Capacity: 7,500
  • Dimensions: 330 Left - 405 Center - 330 Right
  • Named after former Lee County Commissioner Bill Hammond, who played a major role in getting the stadium built.

Previous Locations:

The Twins have played in Minnesota since 1961.  Prior to that, they were the Washington Senators from 1901 to 1960.

  • Phoebus, VA - 1901
  • Washington DC - 1901-04
  • Hammond StadiumHampton, VA - 1905
  • Charlottesville, VA - 1906
  • Galveston, TX - 1907
  • Norfolk, VA - 1910
  • Atlanta, GA - 1911
  • Charlottesville, GA - 1912-16
  • Atlanta, GA - 1917
  • Augusta, GA - 1918-19
  • Tampa, FL - 1920-25
  • Biloxi, MS - 1930-35
  • Orlando, FL - 1936-42
  • College Park, MD - 1943-45
  • Orlando, FL - 1946-90
  • Fort Myers, FL - 1991-present

The Twins have now played in Fort Myers for 19-seasons.  Prior to that, they were long established in Orlando, having played their for a total of 52-seasons.

Tinker FieldTinker Field: 1936 to 1942, and 1946 to 1960

  • Location: Orlando, FL
  • Opened: 1914
  • Capacity: 1,500 (1914); 5,100 (1909)
  • Dimensions: 340 Left - 415 Center - 320 Right
  • Spring Training home to the Cincinnati Reds from 1923 to 1933
  • Home to the Brooklyn Dodgers from 1934 and 1935
  • Was named after Hall of Famer Joe Tinker.
  • On May 14, 2004, Tinker Field was added to the US National Register of Historic Places.

Kansas City Royals - Cactus League

Surprise Stadium: Surprise AZ

  • Surprise StadiumOpened: 2003
  • Capacity: 10,500
  • Dimensions: 350 Left - 400 Center - 350 Right
  • Also the Spring Training home of the Texas Rangers

The Royals had trained in Florida during their entire history before moving to Arizona in 2003.  They had trained in Fort Myers for 19-seasons before relocating to Davenport for the next 15-seasons.  The Ranger had also trained in Florida throughout their franchise history, including time as the Washington Senators.  They trained in Pompano Beach, FL for 25-seasons before relocating to Port Charlotte, FL for the next 18-seasons.

Terry Park: 1969 to 1987

  • Location: Ft. Myers, FL
  • Terry ParkFirst Spring Training location for the Kansas City Royals
  • Opened: 1925
  • Demolished: 1943 by fire
  • Rebuilt: 1955
  • Demolished: 2004 by Hurricane Charley
  • Capacity: 600 (1925-1955); 3,000 (1955-2004); 900 (2004-present)
  • Was the Spring home of the Pittsburgh Pirates from 1955-1968
  • Home to the Cleveland Indians from 1941-42
  • Home to the Philadelphia Athletics from 1925-36
  • Named after the family that donated the land.

Baseball City Stadium: 1987 to 2002

  • Locations: Davenport, FL
  • Opened: 1988
  • Demolished: 2005
  • Capacity: 8,000
  • Dimensions: 330 Left - 410 Center - 330 Right

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