via milb.com In a press conference earlier today at Worcester City Hall, PawSox Chairman Larry Lucchino signed documents with Lt. Governor Karyn Polito, Mayor Joseph Petty, and City Manager Ed Augustus. The agreement would take the Triple-A Red Sox affiliate out of Pawtucket and into the "city of seven hills" by 2021, after a new stadium is built.
There are, of course, a few more hurdles they have to clear. The move needs the approval of the Worcester City Council, the International League, and the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues. Lucchino has hired Janet Marie Smith, who partnered to create Oriole Park at Camden Yards in 1992 and who together oversaw a decade of improvements to Fenway Park, starting in 2002.
ABove, you'll see the early, proposed concept art of the new digs in Worcester's Canal District. In the article, the Paw Sox Chairman also said "We are eager to build an innovative, family-friendly ballpark that reflects the love and appreciation of baseball and that unifies Central Massachusetts and the Blackstone Valley Corridor"
The executives in charge plan on making the new stadium a real, year-round destination with a hotel, restaurants, retail and more. Meanwhile the 77-year old McCoy Stadium, in Pawtucket, Rhode Island will remain home to the Sox Farm Team for the next two years while all the plans and construction are ironed out.