Report: PawSox plan for ‘100 percent replica' of Fenway for new ballpark

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The Pawtucket Red Sox are developing plans to build a “100 percent replica” of Fenway Park, The Providence Journal reported.

The PawSox, who two years ago had planned to move to a new downtown Providence ballpark until that plan was abandoned after negotiations with the state of Rhode Island broke off, are considering two locations in Pawtucket, the site of the old Apex department store and the Tidewater site along Taft Street.

A study released in January showed it would cost $68 million to renovate the Boston Red Sox’ longtime Triple-A affilate’s current home, 75-year-old McCoy Stadium, or $78 million to build a new park on McCoy’s current site. 

No final decisions have been made about a new site or who would pay for construction, PawSox GM senior vice president and GM Dan Rea, vice chairman Mike Tamburro and director of administration Tony Pires told the Journal in a joint interview.

Still, they stressed that the PawSox intend to help pay for construction of what team chairman and former Boston Red Sox president and CEO Larry Lucchino said earlier this week would be a publicly owned stadium.

“I think that ownership is prepared to make a significant contribution,” Tamburro said.

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