PAWTUCKET, R.I. (WPRI) — Just two days after announcing an informal presidential primary at McCoy Stadium, the Pawtucket Red Sox have decided to “keep politics out of the stands.”
The plan for Saturday’s game against the Lehigh Valley IronPigs was to have fans sit in designated sections to show support for their presidential candidate of choice.
There was also to be a footrace on the field featuring likenesses of the five candidates, much like the historical presidents race at Washington Nationals games.
The team released a statement Wednesday, saying they’ve abandoned the idea after getting feedback from fans.
“The Pawtucket Red Sox have received feedback from fans on this Saturday’s PawSox Primary, and while we’ve heard that people may find the footrace featuring the presidential candidates’ characters amusing, we’ve heard understandable sentiments to keep politics out of the stands. That’s good feedback, so we will do away with specific seating sections dedicated to various campaigns. We hope everyone can enjoy a comfortable and relaxed afternoon at the ballpark.”
Saturday’s game is scheduled to start at 1:05 p.m.
Rhode Island’s presidential primary will be held on Tuesday, April 26.