PawSox claim renovating existing stadium would cost $65m, won’t say where they got that number

The mayor of Pawtucket, which is set to lose the Pawtucket Red Sox to nearby Providence if the team owners’ demands for a taxpayer-subsidized new stadium go through, has requested that PawSox management release its study showing that renovations to 73-year-old McCoy Stadium would be prohibitively expensive at $65 million. And how do you think that’s going?

When asked whether the team would release the study, PawSox spokeswoman Patti Doyle said Lucchino “will most certainly respond” to Grebien’s request for a meeting, but she did not address whether the team would release the study.

This is kind of key, since teams have been, dare I say it, less than truthful about renovation costs in the past. (The most notable example may have been the Detroit Tigers in the 1990s, who declared that it would cost a then-astronomical $100 million to repair Tiger Stadium, only to have it later discovered that this was the projected cost for a massive renovation that would have included installing a dome over the building.) This probably isn’t actionable under freedom of information laws, but it’s still worth journalists inquiring about this as well; I’ll call over to the team offices later today and report back on what, if anything, they say.

3 comments on “PawSox claim renovating existing stadium would cost $65m, won’t say where they got that number

  1. Unless someone shows me a truly independent engineering survey indicating that there is structural damage to the facility that needs immediate repairs, absolutely zero upgrades are required at McCoy. It was renovated around 2000 and it’s a great place to watch a ballgame. Place has plenty of history and attendance has been very good for years. Ownership may want to be located in a nicer section of a nicer town closer to the interstate, but I don’t know if they’ll ever admit that publicly as it could turn some locals against them.

    I wonder how the locals feel about this. I lived nearby for 40 years and many of us want to believe the previous owner (who passed away 3-4 years ago) never would let the team move. Chances are a move to the proposed site would mean higher ticket prices, and driving through the most congested traffic corridor in the city, in addition to a tax burden that probably won’t ever be fully explained to the public.

  2. I’ve been to McCoy, one of my favorite minor league stadiums, a number of times. It would cost $65 million to renovate it only if they’re planning on having the entire stadium gold-plated.

  3. For anyone to argue that McCoy Stadium (the current Pawtucket home of the Pawsox) is somehow substandard, is to tell a huge lie. It isn’t 73 years old. It is about 15 years old and it is a great place to see a game. Getting to it is easy. Getting out of it at the end of the night is easy–at least no worse than any sporting event would be. Pawtucket cops manage exiting traffic very well. Parking is easy and free or almost free thanks to the nearby presence of some big trucking parking lots. (I can’t imagine what the current owners have in mind for parking on the tiny new site. Multi-story garages for $40 a car?)
    McCoy is a charming, happy place which needs absolutely nothing to present a quality sports experience. Just because it does not have an Outback Steakhouse or a Dave and Buster’s built in to it. (no disrespect to those companies–just picked them as typical examples) doesn’t detract a bit from a minor league baseball experience which many people like just as it is.
    Minor league baseball is one of the last cheap dates in America. Please don’t take it away!