Pawtucket Mayor writes letter to Governor
Pawtucket Mayor Donald Grebien is asking for a "honest conversation" with Governor Gina Raimondo and the new PawSox owners about the team staying at McCoy Stadium. Grebien wrote a letter this week to Raimondo making that request.
"We need to show some leadership. The stadium belongs here. The state of Rhode Island and the taxpayers have invested upwards of $20 million into the stadium already. Lets capitalize on that,” said Grebien.
The mayor is also asking, once again, for a feasibility study to be done.
"We want to know what it really is going to cost them to invest, what it is going to cost us to upgrade it,” said Grebien.
PawSox management first proposed moving the team to Providence in February. In recent months there has been quite a bit of public opposition to the idea.
"There are these road blocks that keep coming up,” said Grebien. It (the letter) was really saying lets sit down and have the conversation with the ownership.
In response, the Governor tells us the decision on stadium location is out of her hands.
"It’s up to the owners. The owners of the PawSox have to figure out what is the best place. I hope they stay in Rhode Island. We’d like to keep them here,” said Raimondo.
The Pawsox declined to comment, referring us to the Governor.
In the meantime, members of several opposition groups gathered in the capitol city on Tuesday emphasizing why they want to keep the team where it is.
"We’re still here, we’re still active and we intend to win this battle,” said Timothy Empkie.
The letter though addressed to the Governor was also sent to state leaders and PawSox ownership.
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