PawSox owners asking Providence stadium supporters to contact General Assembly

AN AERIAL VIEW OF THE proposed Pawtucket Red Sox stadium in downtown Providence. / COURTESY DAIQ AND POPULOUS
AN AERIAL VIEW OF THE proposed Pawtucket Red Sox stadium in downtown Providence. / COURTESY DAIQ AND POPULOUS
PROVIDENCE – If there is any love out there for a Providence ballpark for the Pawtucket Red Sox, the owners want it aimed at the state’s elected officials. An email newsletter distributed Friday by the Baseball Rhode Island website, designed by the team ownership to promote the Providence stadium, asks supporters to share their opinions…

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  1. It is not a big problem if the new owners of the PawSox move to Massachusetts. However, Governor Raimondo and Mattiello should make sure that the new location of the PawSox is greater than 40 miles from Pawtucket. Pawtucket will then be able to attract another Triple-A team to Pawtucket. Worcester is OK, Foxboro is not OK because it is too close to Pawtucket. Pawtucket has proven that it can support a Triple-A baseball team. The Syarcuse Chief’s, a Washington Nationals farm team, is averaging less than 4000 fans per game. 4 other Triple-A teams are averaging less than 7000 fans per game. If Worcester is chosen, Pawtucket will have a good chance of attracting a new Triple-A team to come to Pawtucket and Rhode Island. Lucchino should not be doing anything to prevent Pawtucket from getting a new Triple-A team. Lucchino should be asked if he is considering Foxboro.

  2. Volvo just announced they are building a $500 million dollar manufacturing facility in South Carolina with a target of 4,000 jobs. South Carolina is providing $120 million in State subsidies.

    That’s the same $120 million that the Skeffington group wants for moving the Pawsox to Providence. Actually since the 8 acres they want was to be used as a park AND more importantly as drainage for the area RI will be giving a greater subsidy since that drainage will have to come from another 8 acres.

    Also the cost to taxpayers for the $30 million in improvements to McCoy remains with the taxpayers so it’s really $150 million and 8 acres of prime real estate for 140 jobs and $85 million in construction.

    Do the math RI and cut your losses.