Chronological Tour: Stop 265

William H. Hammond Stadium

Entrance plaza at Hammond Stadium, Aug-2003.

A good look at the seating configuration.

The field, from the press box.

Quick Facts: Rating: 3 baseballs
This facility, part of the Lee County Sports Complex, is perhaps the most appealing park in the Florida State League from the outside. You approach it from a palm-lined parkway, and there are modest fountains just outside the park. Unfortunately, they demand $2 to park to even see it.

And then the interior leaves something to be desired, especially when it comes to the screen, which is set low and then stretches all the way back to the press box. The effect is much like that in Buffalo, and I don't care for it. The only way I was able to get a decent “view” shot was to go up to the press box between games of a doubleheader and take it from there.

The park’s saving grace, however, is a grill located on the concourse. Among its delicacies is a grilled turkey leg. It’s the first time I’ve ever seen that at a park – and it might well be the best thing I’ve ever eaten at a ballpark. (Dave Burke, the Miracle’s GM, added turkey legs to the menus at his new home, Dutchess Stadium in Fishkill, N.Y., for 2007. I also found one in Lakewood in 2009.)

The minor league team that plays here, the Miracle, had originally played at Miami Stadium as the Marlins, but with that ballpark being mothballed at the end of 1990 spring training (and demolished in 2001), the newly rechristened Miracle took up residence at Pompano Beach for two seasons before heading west on State Road 80.

Game # Date League Level Result
642 Sun 31-Aug-2003 Florida State A FORT MYERS 1, Clearwater 0, 1st
643 Sun 31-Aug-2003 Florida State A Clearwater 5, FORT MYERS 0, 2d
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