BOSTON (CBS) – In an op-ed in the Providence Journal, Red Sox president/CEO Larry Lucchino lays out the vision for a new stadium in downtown Providence for Boston’s Triple-A affiliate, who are currently located in Pawtucket.
The article, titled “Downtown Park Will Be R.I. Gem,” cites numerous reasons why a downtown stadium will be beneficial for the state of Rhode Island, including but not limited to:READ MORE: Brookline teachers go on strike, schools closed Monday
– Affordable Family Entertainment
– Catalyst For Re-Development
– Economic Stimulation
– Vibrant DowntownREAD MORE: Bruins sign defenseman Jakub Zboril to two-year extension
– Urban Asset
(For the full list of reasons, click here)
Many Rhode Island residents are skeptical of the economic benefits promised by Lucchino and prominent Ocean State businessman/PawSox owner James Skeffington, who abruptly passed away on May 17.
Lucchino, while still grieving from the loss of his friend, writes in the op-ed that he is committed to the fulfillment of Skeffington’s dream: “a beautiful, state-of-the-art, multi-purpose, well-located ballpark near the heart of downtown Providence.”MORE NEWS: Driver hospitalized after tractor trailer tips over on ramp in Weston
Lucchino indicates that he is in the process of renegotiating their original proposal, and adds that it will take public-private cooperation to see this project through.