PAWTUCKET, R.I. (AP/WPRI) — State officials are asking for proposals to redevelop and operate a stadium when the Pawtucket Red Sox leave.
The Rhode Island Commerce Corp. is looking for individuals and organizations who want to use McCoy Stadium in Pawtucket and potentially secure a professional sports team for the 77-year-old ballpark.
“We realized it needed to be more than just, ‘Fill McCoy,'” Pawtucket Mayor Donald Grebien said. “the McCoy piece is apart of it but we have also opened it up to our downtown redevelopment area.”
The Boston Red Sox Triple-A affiliate plans to leave Pawtucket and play its first season in Worcester, Massachusetts in 2021. The city is planning for a new stadium for the team.
The team’s ownership decided to relocate after failing to reach a deal for a new stadium with Rhode Island officials.
In her budget proposal, Governor Gina Raimondo included $600,000 for repairs at McCoy Stadium and $200,000 for a new study on potential uses.
“We’re trying to keep all ideas on the table,” Grebien said.
Anyone looking to submit a proposal should do so by April 25 at 2 p.m.