Study will determine feasibility of McCoy site

Study will determine feasibility of McCoy site

PAWTUCKET – Following the official cancellation of the final season for the Pawtucket Red Sox at McCoy Stadium last week, city officials have announced that a feasibility study starting this month will help determine what happens to the facility next.

Mayor Donald Grebien and the City Council announced that, through CommerceRI’s Site Readiness program, a geotechnical study of McCoy will begin in July. The study, expected to be completed next month, includes assessing data from the area and checking stability of the site to determine the feasibility for its next use.

“Pawtucket continues moving forward, and the city is pleased to begin work on the geotechnical study,” said Grebien. “The study will determine the site’s allowable uses to come. I thank Gov. Raimondo, CommerceRI, the Pawtucket City Council, and the delegation for their continued partnership.”

He said there are a number of potential options and officials “need to have more clarity from the analysis on what can and cannot be done. We will be able to move forward looking at all of the possibilities.”

Past suggestions have included a sports complex, single city high school, and even another baseball team. Brett Johnson, developer of a new soccer stadium on the riverfront, has said he would like to convert the stadium into an outdoor athletic complex.

CommerceRI awarded the city a Site Readiness grant of up to $60,000 to perform a geotechnical study, including ground borings, in the area of McCoy stadium. The program partners the Rhode Island Commerce Corp. with municipalities and/or developers to fund municipal technical assistance and site-specific planning and improvements to catalyze development throughout Rhode Island.

The state and city have ownership of the stadium and land. Fuss and O’Neill will be conducting the geotechnical study including ground borings.

After confirming cancellation of their last season before moving to a new stadium in Worcester, negating a chance at a final season, PawSox officials said they will continue efforts to help those affected by the coronavirus, will continue to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the team, will host some workouts for the Boston Red Sox, and will explore ways to have a fitting farewell.

The PawSox will look to continue Dining on the Diamond events at the 78-year-old McCoy.

This year is the first in the 137-year history of the International League, founded in 1884, that no games will be played.

Fans with tickets to 2020 PawSox home games will be contacted by the club’s ticket office and receive personal attention regarding a variety of options, including refunds.

“Naturally, as baseball fans, we are deeply disappointed to not have a summer of PawSox Baseball, especially in our 50th-anniversary season,” said PawSox President Charles Steinberg in a statement. “Yet all of us recognize that the health, safety, and well-being of our players, fans, and entire community are paramount. But we will keep the faith; this may not be how the story ends.

Steinberg also left the door open to partnering with Grebien and the city about uses beyond this summer.

“So many high school and college players have loved playing on this field through the years, and we will see if there is a way to continue to provide that opportunity,” he said.