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It will take years to truly judge the deal Worcester approved to snatch the PawSox from Rhode Island, but year one of the shiny new ballpark in New England’s second-largest city appears to be a success.
The Worcester Red Sox have welcomed more than 318,000 fans to Polar Park this season, which ranks sixth-best in Minor League Baseball.
Only the Nashville Sounds (415,403), Las Vegas Aviators (374,574), St. Paul Saints (369,430), Columbus Clippers (367,697), and El Paso Chihuahuas (333,385) have posted larger attendance totals than Worcester this season, according to Baseball Reference.
The minors have been revamped since the PawSox last played in 2019 (not to mention, the pandemic), but McCoy Stadium ranked No. 36 in the minors in attendance that season. The last PawSox season had more games than this season, and total attendance was 331,000.
Worcester will easily surpass that number before the regular season ends Sept. 26.
One thing each of the top six Minor League teams have in common: a relatively new ballpark. Columbus, an affiliate of the Cleveland Indians, has the oldest stadium of the bunch, having opened in 2009.
Of course, overall baseball attendance (especially in the minors) has been slumping for several years. And the $157 million Worcester stadium will need to be a success for a long time in order to pay for itself.
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⚓ In an op-ed for the Globe, Brown University School of Public Health Dean Dr. Ashish Jha writes that we have the tools to finally diminish COVID-19: vaccines, testing, improved ventilation, and masking. We just have to use them. Read more.
⚓ Later this month, the union for correctional officers in Rhode Island will hold a week of tours and events at the Adult Correctional Institutions in Cranston to recognize their profession. And folks aren’t happy about it. Read more.
⚓ Brown University has pledged to fund an Afghan scholar in residence, and the Rhode Island School of Design has committed to hosting an Afghan scholar when funding becomes available. Read more.
⚓ Appointing a civilian as a police major could jeopardize the Providence Police Department’s national and state accreditation, according to standards set by both the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies and the Rhode Island Police Accreditation Commission. Read more.
⚓ This week’s Ocean State Innovators Q&A is with Robin Dionne and BJ Mansuetti, who are hosting “The Good Trade Makers Market,” which will be an event with nearly 100 small business owners to show off their hand-made products in November. E-mail Alexa Gagosz with suggestions for this weekly interview. Read more.
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