City of Palms Park
2201 Edison Avenue
Ft. Myers, FL 33901
From I-75, take Exit 138 west onto Martin Luther King Blvd. (SR 82), turn left on Fowler St. and then right on Edison Ave. The ballpark is located on a palm tree-lined street in a neighborhood near houses and an apartment complex. Unlike most Florida spring training venues, it's not visible from any main roads.
If you arrive early enough, there will be parking available at the ballpark for $7. Show up less than a half hour before game time and you have to grab a space at one of the many unofficial parking lots that exist throughout the neighborhood. The cost for those is $5-$10.
City of Palms Park Notes
Designed by HOK Sport, the firm responsible for Camden Yards and most new ballparks since.
The Red Sox have a lease to train here through 2019. Their lease with Lee County calls for Boston to pay about $300,000 in rent annually plus utilities and other capital expenses.
The Red Sox Gulf Coast League minor league team used to play a handful of games here from June to August, but now the ballpark goes mostly unused outside of Spring Training.
The Red Sox have a five field minor league complex located 2.5 miles east of City of Palms Park at 4301 Edison Avenue. This is also where the team's fantasy camp takes place.
The Boston Globe used to be sold outside of the main ballpark entrance. It still is at the Player Development Complex.
City of Palms Park had 6,990 permanent seats when it opened on March 5, 1993.
The Red Sox have sold out every official Grapefruit League game at City of Palms Park since March 16, 2003. The largest crowd ever to attend a game is 8,278, which occurred on March 23, 2009.
A Right Field Deck was unveiled at City of Palms Park in 2007. Located directly behind the outfield fence, it includes approximately 150 barstool-type seats and a drink rail, making the section similar to the Green Monster seats at Fenway Park.
On November 1, 2008, it was announced that the Red Sox will move to a new spring training ballpark in Lee County when it's completed in 2012. Fort Myers is located within Lee County, with whom the team signed a 30-year lease to play at the estimated $80 million ballpark, which will be paid for entirely by the county.
A complete guide to City of Palms Park can be found at Spring Training Connection.