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Spring training home games at same time could put Lee County drivers in a squeeze play

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Lee County Sheriff's Office
Special to WGCU
Fans line up outside Hammond Stadium in Fort Myers to purchase tickets for Twins MLB spring training games.

It will be a squeeze play of a different type for Lee County drivers on two days during the 2023 Spring Training season when the Minnesota Twins and the Boston Red Sox take to their respective fields at the same time on the same day.

Lee County’s Traffic Operations Center is reminding motorists to prepare for increased traffic near the stadiums at game time and are advising motorists to avoid the Daniels Parkway corridor on the afternoon of two specific dates:

  • Sunday, March 5 ‒ The Boston Red Sox host the Miami Marlins at JetBlue Stadium and the Minnesota Twins host the Detroit Tigers at Hammond Stadium. Both games start at 1:05 p.m. Peak traffic is anticipated between the hours of 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. and then again between 3:45 and 4:30 p.m.
  • Friday, March 17 ‒ The Minnesota Twins host the Baltimore Orioles at Hammond Stadium and the Boston Red Sox will host the Atlanta Braves at JetBlue Stadium with both games starting at 1:05 p.m.

The proximity of the stadiums may result in increased traffic congestion on those dates.
The DOT Traffic Operations Center has special programming for traffic-signal timing to help keep vehicles moving. The county’s traffic specialists also coordinate with the Lee County Sheriff’s Office and the baseball teams.

The Boston Red Sox train at JetBlue Park, 11500 Fenway South Drive, Fort Myers, and the Minnesota Twins train about six miles away at the Lee County Sports Complex, 14100 Six Mile Cypress Parkway, Fort Myers.

For more information about the Lee County Department of Transportation, visit www.leegov.com/dot. For more information about Spring Training in Lee County, visit www.leegov.com/parks/athletics/spring-training.

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