The City of Worcester has announced that the Triple-A affiliate of the Boston Red Sox will be moving to Worcester. This move will be in conjunction with a major redevelopment of the Canal District, the Wyman-Gordon property and a complete redesign of Kelley Square. This opens a new chapter in the City's continued growth.
Polar Park, the name of the new ballpark, will truly be a community park. It is anticipated to host 125 year-round events including family affordable baseball games, outdoor concerts, other sporting events, community meetings/events and even a potential polling location.
The State of Massachusetts will commit $35 million to infrastructure improvements to redevelop the surrounding area, including a new throughway for the ballpark, housing development incentives (market-rate housing and two new hotels) and construction of a 350 - 500 space municipal parking garage. "This is a once-in-a-generation opportunity," said Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito.
"Today the stars have aligned. This city, our city, Worcester, has proven what is possible when we work together," said City Manager Edward Augustus, Jr. After nearly 12 months of negotiations between the City, State and the Triple-A affiliate of the Red Sox, Larry Lucchino said, "we think that we have a fair deal that will be a win-win-win proposition for the City, the Commonwealth and the to-be-named baseball team." Lucchino went on to say, "we have felt an enormous sense of welcome, an enormous sense of civic pride and have felt that this is a place where the City of Worcester and the State of Massachusetts will welcome us with open arms."
After 15 months of community conversation and after more than 1,000 people submitted 218 unique names, the Worcester Red Sox announced that the fans' longtime frontrunner, the WooSox, would be the nickname of the Triple-A affiliate of the Boston Red Sox.
Additionally, the WooSox logo acknowledges the birthplace of the original Smiley Face and the Heart of the Commonwealth, as well as the 1880 Worcesters of the National League and the classic home run swings of iconic Red Sox Legends Ted Williams and David Ortiz, among others.
The City of Worcester and Canal District businesses are working together to provide convenient access and parking options during the construction of Polar Park, the future home of the Triple-A Worcester Red Sox, and other area projects beginning this summer. In addition to the ballpark, work will include construction of a redesigned Kelley Square, other street, bicycle and pedestrian improvements, upgraded utilities and initial development projects north and south of the ballpark, to include hotels, residences and retail spaces.
A dedicated website has been launched for residents and visitors to stay up-to-date on construction activities, upcoming traffic changes and parking options. Visitors to the site can sign up to receive weekly email updates. Questions can be addressed by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 508-217-3340.
Time-lapse video of the recent construction of Polar Park for the Worcester Red Sox in the Canal District.
To commemorate the Worcester 6 who died 20 years ago in the Worcester Cold Storage Fire, the Worcester Red Sox announced that the team will retire the number 6. Additionally, the team will sell commemorative "Worcester 6" jerseys and donate a portion of the proceeds to the Worcester Fire Department Memorials Care Fund.
In addition to these actions, the Worcester Red Sox announced that they will also reserve eight tickets per game at Polar Park for friends and families of fallen firefighters from Central Massachusetts, and there will be a permanent display at the park for those heroes who paid the ultimate sacrafice.
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View the Master Plan, FAQs and other information about the Polar Park baseball field and the Worcester Red Sox.
See more details about the new ballpark, as well as the community benefit.
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