New box office, store set to open at Hammond Stadium

New box office, store set to open at Hammond Stadium

MINNEAPOLIS -- The newly renovated ticket office and retail store at Hammond Stadium are both set to open on Saturday at 9 a.m. ET, the Twins announced Tuesday.

The club's CenturyLink Sports Complex in Fort Myers, Fla., recently underwent $48.5 million in renovations and will be ready for Spring Training this year. The Twins have 16 Grapefruit League games at home this spring, as well as an exhibition game against the University of Minnesota on March 4.

The box office and retail store will both be open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. ET, Monday through Friday, and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. The box office also will stay open two hours later for weekend home games.

"We're thrilled to be opening our new box office at the CenturyLink Sports Complex," said Paul Froehle, the vice president of ticket operations for the Twins. "Our new space is much more fan-friendly and will allow for more convenient access to our newly renovated Spring Training facilities."

The renovations are part of the second phase of updates to the club's Spring Training complex. The renovations also include upgraded and expanded concourses, improved concessions, an additional elevator, renovations to the restrooms, premium seating improvements, the expansion of the clubhouse, a new retail store, new spaces for group seating and renovations to the administrative offices and the press box.

The first phase was completed last year, and it included the opening of a player development academy, renovations to the Minor League clubhouse and administrative areas, an agility field, an expanded Hammond Stadium seating capacity of 9,300 seats, a new parking lot and the completion of a 360-degree outfield boardwalk and concourse for Hammond Stadium.

The ribbon cutting ceremony for the second phase of the renovations is set to be held at Hammond Stadium on Feb. 22 at noon ET. Twins pitchers and catchers are also set to report on Feb. 22.

Rhett Bollinger is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Bollinger Beat, and follow him on Twitter @RhettBollinger. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.