Public Forum - A Providence Stadium: Strike Out Or Home Run?

Jun 4, 2015

From left to right, host Ian Donnis, and panelists Jack Robbins, Victor Mathesan and Dr. Charles Steinberg.
Credit Brown University Taubman Center

When the PawSox owner, Ben Mondor, died in 2010, the future of the team was cast into doubt. A new ownership group took over the team earlier this year. Then, two months later, they unveiled their request for taxpayers’ help to build a new stadium on part of the former I-195 land in Providence. The team asked for 120 million dollars in state lease payments and a 30-year exemption from Providence property taxes. The proposal sparked a mostly negative reaction from the public. Earlier this week, Rhode Island Public Radio and Brown University’s Taubman Center For Public Policy hosted a public forum to discuss the issues surrounding the proposed stadium.

Portions of the program were edited due to technical difficulties with the audio recording.

Panelists:

Sports Economist Victor Matheson

Urban Planning and Design Expert Jack Robbins

Boston Red Sox Executive Vice President Charles Steinberg

Moderator: RIPR Political Reporter Ian Donnis

The event was held Tuesday, June 9, 2015 at The Friedman Auditorium, Metcalf Research Building, Brown University.