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Worcester approves about $30M more for new ballpark

WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) — The Worcester City Council has approved a revised financing plan to address about $30 million in increased costs for a new baseball stadium being built in the city for the Boston Red Sox Triple-A affiliate.

The plan approved Tuesday addresses an additional $9.4 million in construction costs and about $20 million in increased costs associated with the redevelopment of the neighborhood where the park will be located.

The team, currently based in Pawtucket, Rhode Island, and known as the Pawtucket Red Sox, will play one more season in Rhode Island before relocating to Worcester in 2021.

Given what MLB has been threatening lately, I’m not sure that investing more in minor league stadiums makes sense at the current time….

QLE Posted: February 27, 2020 at 01:04 AM | 7 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: minor leagues, pawtucket red sox, stadiums, worcester

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   1. villageidiom Posted: February 27, 2020 at 09:05 AM (#5926725)
More detail in this article regarding the additional costs:

-> $9.4 million comes from increased construction costs beyond what the proposal from 2018 forecasted. Some of this is due to additional costs to meet current accessibility requirements. This is being paid by additional bonding (hence the need for additional approval) which the team is ultimately on the hook for.

-> $20 million comes from additional relocation costs for businesses being displaced by the stadium project. I don't know how much of this is truly "unique needs to each of the businesses and what each one’s relocation would entail", as the city manager said, and how much was nothing more than a shakedown by the businesses. The city is on the hook for these costs.

If they got past the shakedown portion of the project only $20 million in the hole, it would be a miracle. Having said that, they're entering the construction phase now, and that's when large-public-project shakedowns traditionally occur.
   2. Zonk Wants Justice for Carolyn Gombell Posted: February 27, 2020 at 09:13 AM (#5926726)
That's money that could have been spent to make the town's name phonetically correct....
   3. It's regretful that PASTE was able to get out Posted: February 27, 2020 at 09:34 AM (#5926730)
Wikipedia claims a metro population of about 1 million for Worcester. I have no idea how much of that is actually subject to the taxation that will pay this $130 million (which, this being a government project, will certainly increase even more, but let's just say $130 million). But supposing it's all of them: if you went around asking each of the 750,000 or so adults for $160 to build a new baseball stadium, how many of them do you think would pay it?

(If you go with the actual city's population of about 180,000, then it goes up to nearly $1,000 per adult resident.)
   4. Zonk Wants Justice for Carolyn Gombell Posted: February 27, 2020 at 10:29 AM (#5926761)
But supposing it's all of them: if you went around asking each of the 750,000 or so adults for $160 to build a new baseball stadium, how many of them do you think would pay it?


Do I get a urinal named after me?

If so, I'd consider it...
   5. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: February 27, 2020 at 10:34 AM (#5926764)
Do I get a urinal named after me?
The Zawnk Pissah!!
   6. Lassus Posted: February 27, 2020 at 11:43 AM (#5926785)
That's money that could have been spent to make the town's name phonetically correct....

Blame the Brits. My mom grew up near Leicester in western NY.
   7. Pat Rapper's Delight (as quoted on MLB Network) Posted: February 27, 2020 at 12:16 PM (#5926799)
If you go with the actual city's population of about 180,000, then it goes up to nearly $1,000 per adult resident.

Chump change, bro.

The jocksniffers who run the city and school district I live in have committed upwards of half a BILLION dollars for various professional sports pursuits:

$120,000,000 to the billionaire Hunt family for a free MLS stadium and "Soccer Hall of Fame" (lol)
$180,000,000 to bribe the PGA to move here
$115,000,000 to the billionaire Jones family for a free team HQ and practice dome

That's $415,000,000 (and counting) and doesn't include whatever the city spent to build and maintain a AA ballpark and a team HQ/practice rink for the Dallas Stars, so we have to be at least $500,000,000 into handouts for professional sports teams for a city whose population is currently estimated at ~ 195,000 and projects to be around 275,000 at build-out. That's $2500+ per person right now; dropping all the way to $1800+ in the future.

Yay sportz!1!!1!

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