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Buccaneers get home field

May 20, 2014
Special to the Breeze , Cape Coral Daily Breeze

Lee County has been working with Edison State College for the use of City of Palms Park for the school's baseball and softball teams.

An agreement was reached and both entities signed a contract for a long-term use for Edison State to call City of Palms its home.

The 10-year agreement was approved by the five-member board as well as Edison State president Jeffery Allbritten, which allows for the baseball and softball teams to begin in 2015 with fall ball, and the inaugural regular season launching in spring 2016.

Edison will fund the sports programs while the County will continue to maintain the facility as it already does with no additional cost to taxpayers.

City of Palms is play-ready for collegiate baseball. The County and Edison State will convert the site's practice field into a softball facility for the women's team, and the configuration of the field also accommodates youth sports tourism events.

City of Palms stadium, originally built by the City of Fort Myers, was the spring training site of the Boston Red Sox from 1993 until 2011, when the team moved spring training to JetBlue Stadium in 2012.

Since then it has seen continued use for sports tourism and community events, including 73 days of amateur baseball tournaments annually that generated more than 46,000 hotel room nights and $22.2 million in direct visitor expenditure.



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