Published: Sat, August 18, 2018
Sports | By Johanna Francis

Pawtucket Red Sox Sign Letter Of Intent To Build Ballpark In Worcester

Pawtucket Red Sox Sign Letter Of Intent To Build Ballpark In Worcester

The PawSox, the Boston Red Sox's top minor league team, will remain in its current Pawtucket, Rhode Island, stadium the next two years.

At a news conference in Worcester, city and state officials also unveiled plans for a new development that will include a $90 million stadium for the team along with two hotels, hundreds of apartment units, a parking garage and retail spaces.

A major announcement is expected Friday in Worcester. The phrase has been suggested as a new nickname for the team, which is commonly called the PawSox.

Pawtucket Mayor Don Grebien was a major proponent and did almost everything he could to keep the team in the city.

The PawSox, who have played at Pawtucket's McCoy Stadium for 48 years, will become the WooSox in the near future.

Larry Lucchino, middle, at Friday's announcement.

Red Sox chairman Tom Werner seemed to distance the team from the move, saying the project was driven by Lucchino and that the Red Sox were just "bystanders".

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While Worcester officials were celebrating the deal, some in Rhode Island blasted it.

It's a sad day for Rhode Islanders.

"I'm not going to take no for an answer right away".

As ThisWeekinWorcester.com [TWIW] reported in mid-June, Worcester's offer to the PawSox ownership group was reportedly "substantially better" than what the city of Pawtucket could offer.

Pawtucket mayor Don Grebien came up with a last-ditch effort in recent weeks that outlined a plan for an $83 million stadium in Pawtucket, with the team paying $45 million, the state $23 million and the city $15 million.

In June, Raimondo signed legislation created to keep the team in Pawtucket.

The team's owners previously sought to build a stadium in Providence, Rhode Island, and asked Rhode Island for $120 million in subsidies.

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