PAWTUCKET, R.I. (WPRI) — The Pawtucket City Council held their first meeting since the team was sold, and they support Mayor Grebien’s plan to keep the PawSox at McCoy Stadium.
The city council approved a resolution fully supporting the mayor to push the new owners to keep the PawSox in Pawtucket.
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The new owners of the Pawtucket Red Sox want to move the team to a privately-financed stadium in Providence by 2017.
In the resolution, the City Council said they want to begin brainstorming ways the city and state can work together to give Pawtucket the best opportunity to keep the team.
Council members said the city needs to work to prove that the people of Pawtucket do not just throw in the towel.
“I think it’s hogwash Pawtucket says we need a destination stadium,” exclaimed Pawtucket City Councilor Thomas Hodge. “We already have a destination stadium. If it needs more to attract people, then maybe we have to look to do that. But, it’s nonsense to say this is not a destination stadium.”
The PawSox will continue to play at McCoy Stadium for the next two seasons.
More discussions will continue between city and state leaders, along with the new owners, about what is the best move for the Triple-A affiliate of the Boston Red Sox.
Opening day for the 2015 season at McCoy Stadium is April 16.