Rhode Island Senate OKs public subsidies for PawSox stadium

Modesto Morganelli
Gennaio 17, 2018

The Rhode Island Senate has passed a proposal to build a new stadium for the Pawtucket Red Sox by a 26 to 9 vote, as Pawtucket's leaders and supportive legislators attempt to fight off Worcester's bid to become the team's new home.

The 26-to-9 vote comes after the Senate Finance Committee voted to approve the legislation after spending almost 30 hours of the committee's time working on the bill. He said Tuesday that he wants to hear from the public.

"This is, by far and away, the most investment by a ball club anywhere in the nation for a publicly-owned stadium", Pawtucket Sen.

The Senate passage was not a surprise; it was easily passed on an 8-1 margin by the Rhode Island Senate Finance Committee on January 9.

Worcester officials declined comment after the Senate's vote.

In a statement, the PawSox said the team is pleased the legislation was passed.

Proponents have countered by arguing that the deal's finances have been thoroughly vetted through a public process, and that the state stands to lose millions in yearly revenues if the team departs for Worcester.

A Raimondo spokesman told the Providence Journal last week that the governor believes the state's proposal is a "good deal".

Under the plan, the state would pay for $23 million of the $83 million stadium.

The proposal requires the construction of 50,000-square-feet of ancillary real estate and a $275 penalty for each day the ballpark is open without substantial completion on the ancillary space.

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