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 To Lift Outdoor Mask Mandate On May 21
– Affordable Family Entertainment
– Catalyst For Re-Development
– Economic Stimulation
– Vibrant DowntownREAD MORE: Truck Drivers For Shaw's Supermarkets Return To Work
– 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: NH Family Thankful For Amazon Driver's Act Of Kindness Caught On Doorbell Camera
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.