The Pawtucket Red Sox (Class AAA; International League) are focusing on two sites as possible locations for a new ballpark, according to team chairman Larry Lucchino.
In remarks made on Monday, Lucchino provided an update on the team’s ongoing search for a new ballpark. He confirmed that the PawSox are intending to remain in Pawtucket, and are looking at two locations in the city–the Apex department store on Main Street, and the Tidewater site.
As part of that process, the PawSox are working with officials at the city and state level to come to terms on a ballpark agreement. Lucchino said that the ballpark could be publicly owned, but did not specify a preferred location or offer exact details on how the facility would be funded. More from The Providence Journal:
In an interview Monday, Lucchino declined to say which he prefers, saying he’s “trying to stay agnostic” about the two. He also declined to say how much taxpayer money would be needed to replace the city-owned McCoy Stadium.
However, the concept of a publicly owned stadium is a “complete reversal” from the team’s failed 2015 efforts to win public support for a privately owned stadium on former highway land in Providence, Lucchino said.
Lucchino was in Pawtucket Monday to join about 120 business and civic leaders at Slater Mill for a community conversation about the city’s future. It was the first time this year he has spoken publicly about the stadium.
“Our commitment is to Pawtucket,” he said in the interview before Mayor Donald Grebien and the nonprofit Pawtucket Foundation’s executive director Jan A. Brodie launched the forum about “Pawtucket’s 20/20 downtown development vision.”
The team has been focusing its efforts on obtaining a new ballpark in Pawtucket over the last several months, and the two locations in question are not a part of the McCoy Stadium site. A study by Pendulum that was released in January expressed doubt that the McCoy Stadium location was financially viable for a new or renovated ballpark and related development.
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