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The 2016 Florida High School Athletic Association (FHSAA) Baseball State Championships will return to JetBlue Park May 11-14 and May 18-21 for the fourth consecutive year. The 27-game series is expected to draw fans from around the state as 36 teams face off, competing in the semifinal and championship games. Lee County and JetBlue Park have hosted the FHSAA Baseball State Championships since 2013. Last yeFHSAA-Bishop Verot 2ar, local schools Bishop Verot High School and Canterbury School competed in the semifinals and Bishop Verot played in the 4A championship game.

The event is being coordinated by Lee County Sports Development and Lee County Parks & Recreation, with support from The School District of Lee County. Last year’s event generated a direct economic impact of more than $706,000 for Lee County and more than 2,200 hotel rooms filled.

“The FHSAA Baseball State Championships will bring many talented student athletes to JetBlue Park this year, and we are looking forward to offering a great level of play for Lee County to enjoy,” said Jeff Mielke, executive director, Lee County Sports Development. “The championship series will showcase the top high school teams in this sport, and will generate statewide attention for Lee County, emphasizing our FHSAA-Bishop Verot 1dedication to presenting high-quality sports competitions and drawing visitors to our community.”

“We are excited to return to Fort Myers and work with Lee County to create a true championship experience for all student-athletes, coaches and fans that attend. This is a tremendous opportunity to feature some of the top teams and athletes in the country at a venue that serves as the spring training home for a Major League Baseball franchise,” said Dr. Roger Dearing, executive director of FHSAA.

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Admission is $9 per day, and parking is $10 for cars and $50 for fan buses. For more information, and the full game schedule, visit www.FHSAA.org/sports/baseball.

The Florida High School Athletic Association is the governing body for interscholastic athletic competition in Florida. It has a membership of more than 800 middle, junior and senior high schools.

About Lee County Sports Development

Lee County Sports Development was created in 2003 to meet the growing demand for sports development in Lee County, and is recognized by the Florida Sports Foundation as one of the state’s 25 Regional Sports Commissions. The Lee County Sports Development office leads the recruitment and implementation of amateur and professional sports events and activities in Lee County, with the goal of providing economic impact to Lee County. Through local partnerships with Lee County Parks & Recreation and others, the Lee County Sports Development office provides services designed to address the needs of local, national and international sports entities including housing, access to venues, event management, transportation assistance, event promotion, marketing and local sponsorship opportunities. For more information, call 239-533-5273 or visit www.leegov.com/sports.