Put Your Game Face on in Naples


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The generation that rewrote the rules is now redefining retirement and big business is paying close attention. If you spot a retiree or baby-boomer out at an “early bird special,” it is probably because he or she is on their way to see a sporting event or show.

Gone are the days of grandma and grandpa waiting around for the grandkids to come for a visit. Instead they are grabbing box seat tickets for a double header or taking in a concert featuring a flash from the past. Soaking up the sun and taking in a round on the links aren’t the only types of activities taking center stage in Florida and nearby residents of Naples golf communities are getting in on the action. America’s pastime is alive and thriving in Florida thanks to the popularity of professional sports among retirees and venues that offer major league features.

According to online survey by the Harris Poll, baseball’s rich tradition is big among baby-boomers. From Opening Day to the World Series, fans of baseball like to see the action up close and personal and that is great for retirees living Naples beach homes and in nearby Fort Meyers.

Florida’s event venues offer an array of activities that caters to retirees and families. Here is a look at three specific locations.

Let’s get ready to rumble. Germain Arena is considered Southwest Florida’s premier entertainment venue. More than 2000 events have been presented here. Award winning WWE athletes are among the many performers who have taken the stage at the Germain Arena. It is close to Naples and Ft. Myers, so it’s a short distance for Naples beach homes residents to take in a day of family fun by catching the latest Disney Live! Performance. Take a look at some of the events lined up for this year in one of the top coastal retirement communities.

  • Peppa Pig’s Big Splash, January 21, 2016
  • WWE Live! January 23, 2016
  • Barry Manilow February 1, 2016
  • Jeff Dunham February 26, 2016
  • The Harlem Globetrotters 2016 March 1, 2016
  • Elton John March 9, 2016

Batter up! JetBlue Park at Fenway South scores a home run among baseball enthusiasts. No need to travel north to catch a Red Sox game.  JetBlue Park gives you the look and feel of Major League Baseball and it is conveniently located near Naples golf communities.  The stadium’s “Green Monster and manual scoreboard are a few features that are reminiscent of Boston’s Fenway Park. 

The state-of-the-art training facility is the place to be to catch a glimpse of Spring Training. Both Major and Minor league operations are housed at the ballpark that features six practice fields. 

Hammond Stadium at the Century Link Sports Complex is another popular Naples area sporting venue. The Minnesota Twins seem to enjoy it. This stadium is considered as one of Baseball’s Top-5 Spring Training facilities. Here you can catch Major League prospects working on their game. The newly renovated facility features an Outfield Boardwalk that allows attendees to view the game from 360-degress. There is also a Kids Zone equipped with a bounce house. 

With baseball season just around the corner, now is a good time to plan a trip and explore Florida. Maybe take in a game or event at one of the various venues, and while you're there, tour some Southern Florida’s many luxury estates. From gated communities to affordable Florida beach homes, it can be found in Florida. Many of Florida’s estates boast pristine golf courses and state-of-the-art fitness centers that retirees put to good use. Research show a healthy body is key to a healthy mind. It is all awaiting for you in sunny Florida.

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