The new owners of the Pawtucket Red Sox hosted a walking tour Thursday of the proposed site for a new stadium in Providence. The owners want to move the team from Pawtucket, but there are questions about their plan.
The new owners group wants to build a 10-thousand seat baseball stadium, on a piece of former highway land near downtown Providence. Some of that land was set aside for a public park. But the owners say it’s ideal for a stadium because of its central location, close to amenities and public transit.
Critics say, the area should focus on biotechnology and other business development that would bring high-paying, year-round jobs to the city. They also say public funds and tax-breaks should not be used in the construction of the stadium, something the owners say they may pursue.
Owner James Skeffington says he hopes to convince state leaders and others that the site is an ideal place.
“Frankly it’s going to require discussion and collaboration, if they share what we believe will believe will be catalytic to the city and state, and if they don’t, we’ll be settling for plan B.”
Skeffington says the new owners have not considered any options other than Providence. They say keeping the PawSox in Pawtucket is unlikely.
The owners want to make a final decision about the land by June.
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