PawSox, seeking new stadium, pledge to lock in ticket prices

Courtesy of the Boston Globe:

The Pawtucket Red Sox intend to keep ticket prices stable if they move into a new stadium, a goal since the team came under new ownership in 2015.

The PawSox pledged that for the first five years in a new stadium, general admission tickets will remain at $9, and $6 for children and seniors.

Those are the prices for general admission seats at the PawSox’ McCoy Stadium home. The team’s pricing pledge did not mention box seats, which currently cost $14 or $13 at McCoy.

The pricing announcement, made late Tuesday, marks an effort to gather public support as the Boston Red Sox’ minor league affiliate lobbies for the new stadium, PawSox vice chairman Mike Tamburro suggested.

“There’s been a lot of talk about a new stadium, and prices in a new stadium,” Tamburro said in a video interview with “We wanted to allay the fears of the general public.”

Led by former Red Sox president Larry Lucchino, the team’s new management sought a new waterfront home in Providence in 2015. But those plans collapsed amid public criticism, which included concerns over public funding.

Now the PawSox are focusing on staying in Pawtucket. Two sites in the city have been identified as front-runners for a new home, and the PawSox have said the new stadium would be a replica of Fenway Park.

They have also left open the option of staying at McCoy, though that would require a big investment as well, as the team and state have identified $68 million in needed renovations.

The PawSox have proposed that the new stadium be publicly owned, as McCoy is, and at least partially publicly funded.

The mayor of Pawtucket has said he’d like a decision on the team’s future to be made this baseball season, and the PawSox are locked in discussions with state officials over financing plans.