6 groups come forward with proposals for McCoy Stadium site

Six groups have come forward with proposals for the reuse of the McCoy Stadium property after the Pawtucket Red Sox leave town.   

Many of the proposals disclosed Friday include bringing another minor league sports franchise to the city, either baseball or soccer.     

One includes a complex with additional playing fields for soccer, football and lacrosse.   

There was also a proposal to bring a music industry hub to the city, and another for a family entertainment complex to include an indoor roller coaster, zip lines, a bowling alley, along with restaurant, retail and hotel space.     

Commerce Secretary Stefan Pryor said that the new proposals could be a game changer for the city, and could bring in even more money.

“It could be even better. We did not want the PawSox to leave Rhode Island of course. But I think there’s a chance this could be even more revitalizing for Pawtucket,” Pryor said. “Each of these six proposals really aims at providing family entertainment at a reasonably affordable rate.”

As far as what it may cost taxpayers, Pryor said it comes down to making the most money without costing too much for residents.

“Minimize the public investment required and maximize private investment,” he said. “Now we have to see what [the groups] did. And the odds are that in some cases they need more information.”

The city as well as the Rhode Island Commerce Corp., the state’s economic development arm, will review and evaluate the proposals.   

Pryor said that according to market research performed while trying to keep the PawSox in Rhode Island, McCoy is a desirable location and another professional sports franchise could thrive there.

The PawSox, the Boston Red Sox Triple-A affiliate, are relocating to Worcester, Massachusetts.

This article contains information from the Associated Press.