The PawSox are planning to leave Pawtucket for Worcester

Annette Crawford
August 18, 2018

The Telegram and Gazette reports city officials there are expected to make an announcement on the future of the team.

WBUR reported Thursday that a tentative deal, subject to approval, had been reached between the team and Worcester officials.

"We are eager to build an innovative, family-friendly ballpark that reflects the love and appreciation of baseball and that unifies Central Massachusetts and the Blackstone Valley Corridor", PawSox Chairman Larry Lucchino said in a statement.

After announcing the news, Worcester Mayor Joseph Petty received a standing ovation and chants of "WooSox". The money will support new market rate housing and public infrastructure.

The city of Pawtucket and state of Rhode Island likely would've had to pay about $40 million, something many residents were likely more skeptical of doing given the disaster of Curt Schilling's video game company, 38 Studios, earlier this decade and what that cost the state.

Worcester officials had continued courting the team even as it negotiated with Rhode Island. Another source told TWIW that it will save PawSox ownership around $23 million to move out of Pawtucket and into Worcester. The stadium opened in 1942, but underwent major renovations in 1998. Lucchino also led efforts to build San Diego's Petco Park and Fort Myers' JetBlue Park. "We are pleased to continue to invest in the City of Worcester and look forward to working together to welcome a premier professional ball team to the state".

Owners of the Pawtucket Red Sox are on the verge of moving the team to Worcester, according to people close to the negotiations. However, Rhode Island politics screwed things up. It was a ploy by Rhode Island House leadership, one they knew the PawSox would reject.

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