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Twins' spring training facility poised for new naming-rights deal

For now, the facilities will collectively be known as the Lee County Sports Complex, the original name used from '91-'14GETTY IMAGES

CenturyLink Sports Complex, the Twins' spring training HQ in Ft. Myers, Fla., is "getting a new name after the internet and telephone communications company chose not to renew its naming-rights sponsorship when the eight-year contract expired at the end of 2021," according to Phil Miller of the Minneapolis STAR TRIBUNE. Twins President Dave St. Peter said, "We are in active conversations with multiple corporate partners about the naming rights." He said an agreement with one of them "will manifest itself sometime in 2022. I'm not sure it'll happen before spring training, but it could." For now, the ballpark, practice fields, offices, clubhouses and player residence hall "will collectively be known as the Lee County Sports Complex, which was its name from its original construction in 1991 until its renovation in 2014." CenturyLink signage "has been removed, and will be replaced by Lee County branding in time for spring training if a new sponsor has not been signed before players report to camp." Lee County agreed to let the Twins "sell naming rights to the property when the team agreed to a 30-year lease in 2014." The 80-acre site also is the home of the Low-A Southeast Fort Myers Mighty Mussels and the Twins' rookie-league team. The Twins "have not revealed the terms of their contract with CenturyLink" (Minneapolis STAR TRIBUNE, 1/13).

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