WORCESTER, Mass. — Boston Red Sox executives joined officers from the state and the town of Worcester on Thursday to interrupt floor on a 10,000-seat stadium for the workforce’s Triple-A affiliate.
A crowd of about 1,000 individuals attended the ceremony to welcome the Worldwide League workforce, which is presently primarily based in Pawtucket, Rhode Island. It’s scheduled to start play about an hour west of Fenway Park within the 2021 season.
The workforce had introduced the transfer final yr after failing to succeed in a deal on a brand new stadium with Rhode Island officers.
“Worcester is a great baseball city,” workforce chairman Larry Lucchino stated.
The $100 million Polar Park is deliberate for lots in Worcester’s Canal District. Prepare tracks operating behind the outfield wall will give the ballpark an city really feel.
Janet Marie Smith, who has labored on 11 main league ballparks, together with the renovation of Fenway Park, stated Polar Park is not going to have a Inexperienced Monster duplicate in left area however will incorporate different options distinctive to the positioning.
A concession tent offered hats, shirts and blankets for the brand new ballpark because the PawSox mascot mingled with an actor in a 19th Century baseball uniform to recall the interval (1880-82) when Worcester hosted a Nationwide League workforce. Town was the positioning of the primary good recreation in main league historical past and it was additionally the hometown of Ernest Thayer and the place he wrote the baseball poem, “Casey at the Bat.”
“This day is not the start of our city’s history of baseball,” stated Worcester Mayor Joe Petty, who was among the many dignitaries utilizing baseball bat-shaved shovels within the ceremonial ground-breaking. “This is just one inning.”