City of Palms Park is in the middle of slum, it was supposed to spur economic development, but it didn't, there are no nice hotels or restaurants in the immediate area so despite being an urban ballpark visitors stay outside of town and drive in for games. That's why the Red Sox left after only 19 years. No thanks.
Edit: the other big negative with City of Palms is that the practice fields are two and a half miles from the ballpark, every home game is a bus trip. No thanks.
Red Sox fans still flock to City of Palms Park near downtown Fort Myers. That will end Tuesday, when the Red Sox play their final game in the 19-year-old stadium. The city's hopes that the stadium would revive the surrounding neighborhood never materialized.http://www.news-press.com/article/20110329/SPRINGTRAINING/103290315/Exclusive-Red-Sox-leave-town-Fort-Myers-ponders-its-errors
The advocates maintained that development boom and the economic windfall it generated would justify the $51.5 million in bonds the city shouldered to pay the facility's construction costs.
Two decades later, it's clear those bullish financial fantasies never were realized. In fact, the taxable value of the stadium's neighborhood has declined 29.2 percent from $22.5 million in 1991 - the year before construction on City of Palms Park began - to $15.9 million in 2010.
Smith, the city’s mayor from 1988-96, championed the stadium as the key to reviving central Fort Myers, an area city officials in the early 1990s said was in “a slumlike state.”
Designating the neighborhood as blighted, Fort Myers spent $9.9 million to acquire land and demolish or relocate 173 households to build the stadium and its parking lots.