Worcester council approves $100M for new PawSox ballpark

Worcester council approves $100M for new PawSox ballpark

WORCESTER, Mass. — The Worcester City Council has approved a loan authorization of more than $100 million for the construction of a 10,000-seat ballpark for the Triple-A affiliate of the Boston Red Sox.

The council Tuesday approved the deal 9-1, with one councilor abstaining because of his employment with a company that has financial involvement with the relocation of the team currently known as the Pawtucket Red Sox.

The team is expected to start playing in Worcester in 2021.

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The ballpark will be owned by the city. The project also includes hotels, apartments, and retail and restaurant space.

The team's ownership decided to relocate after failing to reach a deal for a new stadium with Rhode Island authorities. The team's current home is 77 years old.

Worcester is about 40 miles from Pawtucket.