PAWTUCKET, R.I. (WPRI) – Opponents of the proposal to move the PawSox out of McCoy Stadium to a new waterfront ballpark in Providence made their voices heard Saturday morning.
A group of sign-wielding locals, some sporting official PawSox merchandise, sung an new version of “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” to get their point across.
The group videotaped their rally, with the collective goal of becoming a viral web sensation.
“We love McCoy right where it is,” says Organizing for Pawtucket opposition group founder, David Norton.
“It’s a cultural icon for us here in Pawtucket, and we’re not giving it up.”
Participants in Saturday’s group video had signs with slogans like “No 38 Stadium” and “Where’s Gina,” referring to Governor Raimondo.
Murray Scott, a local filmmaker, provided the camera equipment for the rally.
“I’ve never seen people stuck in traffic, so excited and so happy, with smiles on their faces, and honking horns.”
“State leadership should take note of the growing opposition and just give up on this stadium deal, and tell the PawSox owners ‘No,'” says Norton.
This latest opposition rally comes just days after Eyewitness News first reported on Brown University’s letter to the PawSox ownership, saying their offer for the Providence land needed for the stadium is too low, and further discussion on the sale is “not worthwhile.”