First Pawsox Stadium hearing scheduled for tonight
By: News Staff
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) — Thursday marks the first of six hearings all across Rhode Island over whether it is financially feasible to keep the Pawsox in Pawtucket.
Lawmakers hope to come to a decision sooner rather than later especially as officials in Worcester show their interest in housing the team.
Thursday night’s hearing will take place at the Rhode Island State House.
The main topic of discussion will be the new $83 million ballpark at the former Apex site, which would replace McCoy Stadium.
Funding the “Slater Mill” Park proposed by the city of Pawtucket would require a $45 million investment from the Pawsox. Rhode Island would be on the hook for $23 million and Pawtucket would pay $15 million.
Senate President Dominick Ruggerio is open to holding a special session in November to consider the proposal.
However, some Rhode Island taxpayers have already voiced their concerns on the proposal.
During last week’s Cumberland town meeting, one resident asked the council to oppose state subsidies for the park, saying the Pawsox should pay for their own stadium.
As for House Speaker Nick Mattiello, he says its premature to take a position on the plan before public testimony is heard.
Thursday night’s hearing will take place State House at 6 p.m.