Pawtucket Mayor Urges State Lawmakers to Approve PawSox Stadium Deal

Pawtucket Mayor Urges State Lawmakers to Approve PawSox Stadium Deal

On top of it, the voters still have no say on whether they want to be responsible to pay for millions in new debt.

Worcester officials have been tight-lipped about the potential deal. "State House politicians would be making a big mistake if they think they can vote for this new PawSox deal and get re-elected".

The PawSox have have asked for millions of dollars in city and state financing to move the team to a new stadium in Pawtucket. MA governor Charlie Baker recently threw his support behind the endeavor, and leaders from the PawSox reportedly met with Worcester officials as recently as last week. This ballpark and the ancillary development "are critical for Pawtucket's future", he said. Our PawSox are going to end up in Worcester if we do not act. The team's lease is up this January.

Worcester City Manager Edward Augustus through a spokesman declined to respond specifically to Grebien's claim that there is a deal on the table from Worcester. Recently, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker committed to the project.

"What we almost have reached is doomsday, when the team will be pushed out to another state, costing our residents one of the last few affordable, friendly entertainment options they have", he said. "I mean, if you look at McCoy, there is not a lot of development around it".

Bell concluded: "The new PawSox owners made a huge mistake when they overpaid to acquire the team".

Democratic Mayor Donald Grebien called a press conference Tuesday to urge Rhode Island lawmakers to immediately approve state funding for a new stadium for the Triple-A Pawtucket Red Sox.

Otherwise, Grebien warned, the state will likely lose all that revenue anyway to Worcester, whose efforts have intensified to lure the team over the state line to MA.

While Senate President Dominick Ruggerio strong supports the stadium proposal and expects his chamber to approve it next month, House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello has remained skeptical about the proposal and is not committing to allowing a House vote on it. The Pawtucket Redevelopment Agency would also borrow a total of $71 million that would be paid back by the PawSox ($33 million), state ($23 million), and the City of Pawtucket ($15 million).

The team now plays at McCoy Stadium, the oldest stadium in Tripe-A baseball.

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