The waiting is almost over for details on the Providence ballpark envisioned by the new ownership of the Pawtucket Red Sox.
Boston Red Sox president and CEO Larry Lucchino was initially slated to join PawSox president James Skeffington for an unveiling of the team's ask Wednesday at 2 pm at the Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce. Lucchino will instead be at Fenway Park for a 1 pm Red Sox game set to include an observation of the two-year anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombing.
According to an advisory for the event, the organization "will unveil their vision for a ballpark in downtown Providence, including revealing for the first time project renderings, results of economic impact study and their proposal to the state to keep the PawSox in Rhode Island."
Governor Gina Raimondo has remained non-committal on the proposal, in advance of a specific plan.
Skeffington has said the PawSox ownership plans to privately finance a new ballpark on part of the land made available by the relocation of I-195, although a public subsidy will also be part of the proposal. Skeffinton has said public dollars are a routine part of building new ballparks in AAA, the top tier of baseball's minor leagues, and he's touted the project as a big economic boost for Providence. (You can listen to my recent interview with Skeffington here.)
Critics are skeptical about using a public subsidy for an attraction not expected to be a catalyst for broader economic development. Some also mourn the impending departure of the PawSox from their longtime home in Pawtucket.