PawSox home opener postponed

Madeleine Wright | WPRI-TV

PAWTUCKET, R.I. (WPRI) — Thursday night’s scheduled home opener for the PawSox against the Buffalo Bisons has been postponed due to the weather.

The game has been moved to Friday at the regularly scheduled time of 6:15 p.m. Pre-game ceremonies are expected to begin at 5:45 p.m.

Fans who have questions about their game tickets can find more information on PawSox.com.

And as the players gear up for Opening Day, the team’s management prepares to show off some new upgrades to their ballpark.

The stadium now has a larger, protective steel net behind home plate that will not only keep fans safe from foul balls, but it’s also more transparent so they can better see the action, according to General Manager Dan Rea.

Thirteen sections were also given a coat of fresh paint and the team took down a set of bleachers in right field to expand the patio and barbecue area, which also now includes a stage for live entertainment. Those bleachers were donated to the city of Pawtucket.

During Friday’s opening ceremonies, the PawSox plan to honor public safety officials. But, the Pawtucket Firefighters Union said they won’t be there. This decision comes after the city of Pawtucket announced last month they’d be closing down Station 3 on Columbus Avenue.

According to the city, the decision was based on the cost to repair the 58-year-old building. But, the members of Local 1261 believe there’s a different reason.

In a Facebook post, Station 3 said, “We believe there is no valid reason to do this, and the financial analysis of the city is been shopping around is not based on any true facts, we can draw only one glaring conclusion. That conclusion is, as has been stated by the administration that they are ready, willing and able to give that property to the Paw Sox.”

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