Transitions: Saved—McCoy Stadium
In each Transitions section of Preservation magazine, we highlight places of local and national importance that have recently been restored, are currently threatened, have been saved from demolition or neglect, or have been lost. Here's one from Summer 2016.
McCoy Stadium in Pawtucket, Rhode Island, will remain the home of the Pawtucket Red Sox—for now.
Named for mayor Thomas McCoy, who championed its creation, the 1942 stadium first began hosting affiliated Minor League Baseball teams in 1946. The Pawtucket Red Sox, an affiliate of the Boston team of the same name, moved into McCoy in 1970. The Pawtucket team’s owners renovated the stadium in 1999 to bring it up to AAA Minor League standards while retaining its historical integrity, adding about 3,000 seats and improving accessibility.
In the winter of 2015, a group of 10 area business executives purchased the “PawSox.” They proposed building a new stadium in neighboring Providence and moving the team, leaving McCoy vacant and exposed to possible redevelopment. Public outcry and funding conflicts caused the new owners to pull back, and they now plan to keep the team at McCoy, at least until their lease on the stadium expires in 2021. “New ballpark planning has been put on the back burner,” they wrote in an open letter published in The Providence Journal in February.