Reports: PawSox moving to Worcester, official announcement to come Friday

The owner of the Red Sox confirms that the Pawsox will be moving to Worcester.

WORCESTER, Mass. — The Pawtucket Red Sox will relocate to Worcester and play in a newly constructed stadium in the city’s Canal District, according to several media reports.

The Telegram reported several sources received invitations to a Friday announcement at 2 p.m. at Worcester City Hall.

ThisWeekinWorcester.com reports the Worcester Red Sox will begin play in 2021.

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Boston 25 News reached out to PawSox Vice President/General Manager Dan Rea III. He told us he didn’t have a comment.

Last year, PawSox executives announced they’d start negotiating with other cities after Rhode Island lawmakers failed to approve a new stadium deal.

The PawSox currently play at McCoy Stadium in Pawtucket, which was built in 1942. The team’s stadium lease expires in 2021.

Rhode Island lawmakers had been fighting to keep the team in Pawtucket. In June, Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo signed a bill that would finance a new $83 million ballpark in Pawtucket.

Pawtucket Mayor Donald Grebien told the Providence Journal last week he believed his city had a 50-percent chance to retain the PawSox.

Earlier this month, an attorney for Minor League Baseball filed three "WooSox” trademarks with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

City of Worcester Spokesperson Michael Vigneux told Boston 25 News, "No comment."