PawSox owners eager to build — and fast

BIG STICK: PawSox co-owner and Providence attorney James J. Skeffington is leading push for a new stadium for the team in the city. / PBN PHOTO/?MICHAEL SALERNO
BIG STICK: PawSox co-owner and Providence attorney James J. Skeffington is leading push for a new stadium for the team in the city. / PBN PHOTO/?MICHAEL SALERNO
Think of Rhode Island, and for many the beaches, quahogs, Del's Lemonade and the PawSox immediately come to mind. How much longer the family-friendly minor league baseball team, known officially as the Pawtucket Red Sox, remains identified with those other signature symbols of the Ocean State is now in the hands of a new ownership…
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4 COMMENTS

  1. With the coming of the new Blackstone Valley National Park, there will be no barriers to economic development in the Blackstone Valley area. A MBTA Commuter Rail Station could be developed adjacent to McCoy Stadium, a bike path connecting the East Bay Bike Path to McCoy Stadium could be built and all the other wonderful projects that are being talked about could be developed in conjunction with McCoy Stadium. Like Fenway Park, McCoy Stadium is historic and iconic. Let’s keep McCoy Stadium.

  2. With the coming of the new Blackstone Valley National Park, there will be no barriers to economic development in the Blackstone Valley area. A MBTA Commuter Rail Station could be developed adjacent to McCoy Stadium, a bike path connecting the East Bay Bike Path to McCoy Stadium could be built and all the other wonderful projects that are being talked about could be developed in conjunction with McCoy Stadium. Like Fenway Park, McCoy Stadium is historic and iconic. Let’s keep McCoy Stadium.

  3. I can see the advantage for the Pawsox to be in the middle of the State and the State transportaion hub where with buses and trains pretty much anyone in the State could see a game without driving but what is the advantage for the State’s residents who aren’t baseball fans and for the State’s taxpayers?

    This will cost the taxpayers something and the loss of the land which could go towards year round jobs may be substantial. The idea behind having this land was to provide a NEW anchor for jobs in the State.

    I would rather see the land given away to Brown for a research community which could spawn new businesses here than to a baseball team.

    We may be able to watch someone like Mocada for 6 months or get to see some superstar do a rehab stint there but that’s of little to no value to residents and taxpayers long term.

  4. Jim, the average price of a ticket to McCoy Stadium is $8.33 with free parking. What would it cost to go to a game at the new Providence stadium? Pawtucket could put a $2.00 surcharge on each ticket. This surcharge would produce 1.3 million dollars each year to pay for the improvements to McCoy Stadium and to pay for the two transportation projects. PawSox fans would be providing the funds to match the federal funds to pay for the commuter rail upgrades and the East Bay Bike Path connection. Because these projects would greatly reduce carbon emissions, federal funds should be available. These transportation projects would be a catalyst to provide private economic development in the area around McCoy Stadium.