As the former chief executive of the Boston Red Sox, Larry Lucchino knows a thing or two about nail-biters.
Now, the chairman of the Pawtucket Red Sox is ready to go down to the wire again.
On Tuesday, he and his PawSox partners unveiled a plan for a new 10,000-seat ballpark that would cost as much as $73 million but require funds from the State of Rhode Island. They’re racing to assemble public support.
At this point in his long career, the 71-year-old Lucchino could retire and leave a lasting legacy: the modern, urban ballpark that brought the fans closer to the action. His baseball accomplishments include the building of Camden Yards in Baltimore, bringing a new downtown park to San Diego, and then joining the ownership team with John Henry that bought the Boston Red Sox and ended its long World Series drought.
But Lucchino isn’t ready to hang up his glove. The PawSox have all the ingredients for a Lucchino makeover: steep declines in attendance and an aging McCoy Stadium badly in need of replacement. Moreover, the PawSox are asking for $23 million in public funds from a once-troubled state stung by a failed investment in another high-profile private business, Curt Schilling’s 38 Studios video game company.
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