Red Sox

Sweeney: WooSox can be a great partner in their new home

(City of Worcester)

Since 1970, Pawtucket, R.I. has been the home of the Red Sox’ top minor-league farm club. It has been the final stop on the road to The Show for many of Boston’s hard-balling stars, and has been, at times, a short stop for those Big League stars when they’re recovering from a stint on the disabled list.

But in three years, that’ll all change.

Officials in Worcester announced Friday afternoon that the city and team management have come to an agreement to move the Triple-A franchise northwest along Route 146, bringing the top farm club into the heart of the Commonwealth.

According to published reports, the new double-decked 10,000-seat ballpark — named Polar Park, after the Worcester-based beverage company along Interstate 290 — in the Kelley Square neighborhood will cost between $86-$90 million and is expected be ready for the start of the 2021 season. It’s part of a larger revitalization plan for the area, costing $240 million, with the Commonwealth of Massachusetts chipping in $35 million over the next two-to-three years.

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