The Florida High School Athletic Association (FHSAA) Baseball State Championships will be held at Lee County’s Hammond Stadium in 2017 and 2018, it was announced on Tuesday, after taking place at JetBlue Park for what will be four years in a row.
On Wednesday, May 11, the 2016 event will begin a 27-game stretch over the next two weeks; all will be played at the spring training home of the Boston Red Sox.
“Lee County Commissioners have identified sports tourism and sports development as one of their strategic policy priorities, and staff is able to and continues to handle multiple baseball organizations in the county simultaneously,” said Jeff Mielke, the executive director of Lee County Sports Development.
Continued, Mielke added that the intended move across the street has been a joint and ongoing process.
“For us, the relocation of FHSAA ball from one stadium to another is an operational discussion we’ve held with our various partners such as The Miracle, Twins and Red Sox.”
This year’s event starts a new, three-year contract for the state tournament to remain in Lee County. As for last year’s event, it produced more than $706,000 in revenue and brought people all across the state to fill more than 2,200 hotel rooms.
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