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Going to Red Sox or Twins Spring Training? Design Your Day in Fort Myers!

Jan 25, 2018 11:58AM ● By Kevin
Grapefruit League baseball kicks off in Southwest Florida in less than a month, with the Red Sox and Twins' pitchers and catchers reporting on Feb. 13, while the first full-squad workout takes place on Feb. 19.

The Florida Grapefruit League has called Florida home for more than 125 years. Each Spring, its website says, "15 MLB teams venture south from the cold up north to soak up the Florida sunshine and prepare for the season ahead. We invite you to join us this year for our best spring training yet!"

Those teams include the Atlanta Braves, Baltimore Orioles, Red Sox, Detroit Tigers, Houston Astros, Miami Marlins, Twins, New York Mets, New York Yankees, Philadelphia Phillies, Pittsburgh Pirates, St. Louis Cardinals, Tampa Bay Rays, Toronto Blue Jays and Washington Nationals.

So, if you're hoping to catch a foul ball this spring, dust off that old glove and gear up to fulfill that once-a-year craving for Cracker Jacks. The Sox and Twins face off is at 1:05 p.m., on Friday, Feb. 23, at JetBlue Park, home to the Red Sox!

Spring Training in 2018 marks the seventh season of JetBlue Park at Fenway South, which also serves as the adjoining Player Development Complex for the Boston Red Sox in Lee County.

"A number of the characteristics of the ballpark are taken from Fenway Park, including a 'Green Monster' and a manual scoreboard. JetBlue Park at Fenway South captures elements of Southwest Florida, including seashells within its brick foundation and the architecture of the white roof, mimicking cypress trees in the distance," according to the park's website. "Environmentally-sustainable features are incorporated throughout the facility and Complex."

The main ballpark has a total capacity of approximately 11,000 fans (including standing room and berm), six practice fields, and other adjoining facilities that will house both the Major and Minor League operations and a rehabilitation center, the website continues.

The Twins' home opener takes place at 1:05 p.m., on Feb. 25, against the Tampa Bay Rays, at Hammond Stadium.

Hammond Stadium and the CenturyLink Sports Complex are recognized as one of Baseball America's Top-5 Spring Training facilities, according to

Renovated in 2015, the CenturyLink Sports Complex features plenty of parking inside the CenturyLink Sports Complex gates, new SkySuites with outdoor seating, high-defintion television with food and beverage options, full-service bars at third base and right field, an outfield boardwalk with a 360-degree view of the game, a 2,800-square-foot, two-story team store, two shaded SkyDecks for groups, a picturesque setting known as Fountain Plaza by the beautiful waterfall fountain near the stadium entrance, and the Kids Zone on the veranda, where kids can enjoy a bounce house and speed pitch.

Below is a list of our top places to go if you're looking for things to do before, during or after the game!

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