Larry Lucchino looks to Pawtucket for his latest legacy

Pawtucket, R.I.-04/28/2017-  Larry Lucchino is trying to find a new home for the Pawtucket Red Sox, as millions of dollars has to be spent to improve the old McCoy Stadium where they currently play.  John Tlumacki/Globe Staff (business)
Larry Lucchino is leading a campaign to build a new stadium for the Pawtucket Red Sox, rather than spend millions to improve McCoy Stadium. –John Tlumacki / Boston Globe

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.

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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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