The State of Rhode Island, the City of Pawtucket, and the Pawtucket Red Sox are releasing a Request for Proposals seeking qualified firms to apply for the opportunity to study the 74 year old home of the PawSox. The request will be posted to the Department of Administration’s website in due course this week. All three parties have traditionally worked together to secure and fund capital improvements to McCoy Stadium, which is owned by the City of Pawtucket, and leased to the state of Rhode Island.
The study, which is expected to take several months to complete, will include an evaluation of the existing conditions of McCoy Stadium and the surrounding area, a survey of the state of the art and current trends in professional ballparks, a comprehensive list of necessary repairs and improvements, and a final report detailing the cost and preferred design of the improved ballpark. The selected firm will work closely with representatives of the State, the City, and the PawSox throughout the process.
“This study is a continuation of an initiative that began back in 2014 when the PawSox extended their lease of McCoy Stadium,” said PawSox Vice Chairman Mike Tamburro. “As part of that lease extension, the State, the City, and the PawSox agreed to commission and fund jointly a study of McCoy Stadium. And while those plans were put on hold following the sale of the team and the tragic passing of Jim Skeffington last year, I’m very pleased to see them coming to fruition now.”
A cooperative spirit between members of the State, the City, and the PawSox has been instrumental to the study’s resurrection. In particular, the RFP would not have been possible without the leadership and support of Speaker of the House Nicholas Mattiello, Senate President Teresa Paiva Weed, Governor Gina Raimondo, Pawtucket Mayor Donald R. Grebien, and PawSox Chairman Larry Lucchino.
“This study of McCoy and the economic development opportunities within the ballpark district is going to help the City, the Pawtucket Red Sox, and the State determine the full potential at McCoy going forward through smart investments,” said Mayor Grebien. “I am excited about the renewed commitment and growing partnership we continue to build. This study provides a road map to ensure that the family-friendly, affordable brand of PawSox baseball can be enjoyed by the people of Pawtucket and Rhode Island for generations to come,” continued Grebien.
Interested firms are encouraged to view the RFP, which will be issued by the Rhode Island Department of Administration, on the Division of Purchases website at http://www.purchasing.ri.gov/.