The Providence City Council is putting together an advisory commission to study the impact of moving the Pawtucket Red Sox from McCoy Stadium in Pawtucket to a new stadium in downtown Providence, Council President Luis Aponte told Rhode Island Public Radio.
Aponte said the commission would be charged with examining the proposal advanced by the new owners of the top Boston Red Sox farm club, who announced last week their intent to shift the team from historic McCoy to a new ballpark to be built on open land along the downtown waterfront that was cleared when Route 195 was razed.
``We’re looking at putting together a group to help us better understand the proposal,’’ said Aponte in an interview.
Aponte said the study commission would be comprised of city council members and representatives of the business community. One likely member is former City Council President and mayoral candidate Michael Solomon, who is in the restaurant business. ``Mike is one of the people we have talked to,’’ said Aponte.
Solomon said he has talked with Aponte and would like to be a member of the commission and even suggested he would be willing to be chair person. ``He (Aponte) has asked me to serve and I told him I would be pleased to help. I think we have to look at all the options,’’ said Solomon.
One of the big issues city government must sort out is what would be the financial ramifications of a new stadium downtown and what level of subsidies the city can afford to give the new PawSox (Provsox?) ownership.