The goal of the new ownership, which includes prominent Rhode Island businessman James J. Skeffington, is to build a new ballpark on the water in downtown Providence, according to published reports. According to the report, a name change is likely and the team would be called the Rhode Island Red Sox. If everything goes according to plan, a new ballpark could be ready for the 2017 season, according to the Providence Journal.
The land in question is near I-195, and the new owners envision a 10,000-seat stadium that would be the home to the Triple-A affiliate of the Boston Red Sox as well as various high school and college tournaments and summer concerts.
For those who like tradition and oppose change, keep in mind that McCoy Stadium is now the oldest and still one of the smallest stadiums in the International League. Also keep in mind the track record Larry Lucchino has with being involved in building new ballparks, such as Oriole Park at Camden Yards and Petco Park. He’s been behind major renovations at Fenway Park, not to mention heavily monetizing “America’s Most Beloved Ballpark.” Let’s also not lose sight of the fact that since Lucchino has arrived at Fenway Park there have been three World Series titles won.
For those who absolutely detest change, what might be wrong with a new stadium? While I’m sure there won’t be free parking that’s offered now (or a whopping $2 to park when the free spots are gone) I’m sure parking will be reasonable at Cianci Stadium. While there may not be $13 box seats anymore, what’s wrong with paying a $150 to sit in the Patriarca Pavilion Premium Club? Don’t you think it would be exciting to sit in the DiPrete Dugout Seats one evening, having waiters serving you 12 ounces of ice cold Narrangansett Lager for $9.50?