Opponents of building a new Pawsox stadium in Providence are rallying Thursday at the Statehouse. They want the team to stay in Pawtucket.
Organizing for Pawtucket Founder David Norton organized the rally.
“We want to make it crystal clear to our elected leaders that a very strong majority of Rhode Islanders oppose building a new stadium in Providence,” said Norton. “They’re in opposition to it.”
Some Providence residents have also openly opposed the idea. Norton says moving the team to Providence would be bad for business.
“You’ve got all of this marketing infrastructure and this very, very loyal and intense fan base that they don’t want to lose and they can’t lose,” said Norton.
Norton believes a Pawsox move would damage the Pawtucket economy. Pawsox officials have stated that they have no intention of remaining in Pawtucket. The owners plan to start a 39-city tour to build public support for a move to Providence. They have been meeting with state officials to discuss public financing and tax incentives to build a new stadium.
The owners have not ruled out moving the team out of Rhode Island altogether.
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