What to do in Pawtucket?
Triple A Baseball’s International League Pawtucket Red Sox franchise is playing out the string in that Rhode Island city. The Boston Red Sox minor league affiliate will be moving to nearby Worcester, Massachusetts after the 2020 season. Pawtucket will be territorially shut out of getting a Triple A team because Worcester is just 47 miles away even though the two cities have different fan bases. Triple A Baseball or the International League would not even consider a replacement team under any circumstance because the stadium has been deemed inadequate for that level or professional baseball. That is why Pawtucket is losing the team. The stadium needs either major renovations or to be replaced by a new park. But Pawtucket and Rhode Island officials want something in the parcel of land and it might not be a baseball park. The Rhode Island Commerce Corporation sent out a Request For Proposals for the property and got back six applicants. It is a mixed bag of plans.
AJAX advisors want to bring a soccer team to Pawtucket in a new stadium and turn the stadium property into an industrial area. There is a proposal to bring the independent Atlantic League into the stadium. Another plan would have a lower level minor league team into the stadium to replace the departing franchise. Another idea is to have a United Soccer League franchise in the building or a new building. There is a thought that the area would serve as a music hub. Another plan would create a recreation center. Pawtucket and Rhode Island officials could not match the Worcester money offer to keep the team. Worcester, Massachusetts elected officials felt investing millions of dollars into building a miniature Fenway Park and a surrounding village will reinvent the city economically. Worcester will be borrowing nearly $101 million in bonds to support the project.