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PawSox asks Rhode Island for $23 million for new stadium

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PAWTUCKET, R.I. (AP) - Owners of the Pawtucket Red Sox are asking Rhode Island for $23 million to help finance a new $83 million ballpark project near downtown Pawtucket.

PawSox Chairman Larry Lucchino and Pawtucket Mayor Donald Grebien announced the plans Tuesday at the city's historic Slater Mill. The proposal is being called ``Ballpark at Slater Hill'' because it would be built just across the river.

The Triple-A affiliate of the Boston Red Sox says it will invest $45 million to build the stadium. The rest _ $23 million sought from the state and $15 million sought from Pawtucket _ would come through bond agreements paid back from stadium revenue.

Lucchino says the team learned a lesson after its 2015 request for state subsidies for a new stadium in Providence met strenuous public opposition.

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