Canal District Development
Worcester Red Sox and City to Break Ground on Polar Park Stadium July 11
The city and future Worcester Red Sox team brass will break ground on the Canal District stadium on July 11, officials announced at the city’s Independence Day celebration.
A 10,000-seat ballpark, slated to cost upwards of $86 million, will house the Triple-A team, which will play its first game at the beginning of the 2021 season.
Construction of the stadium will spark a massive transformation of the city’s Canal District.
And, the team and city have just fewer than two years to complete the project before the team starts playing.
Along with the ballpark will be a surrounding development, including at least 225 residences, hotels, restaurants, retail and an office building overlooking the field. Denis Dowdle of Madison Downtown Holdings is spearheading much of that development, and previously told MassLive his work, which is on the opposite side of Madison Street from the ballpark, will begin sometime after the ballpark groundbreaking.
Renderings for the stadium have not been released, however, designers Janet Marie Smith and Pawtucket Red Sox Chairman Larry Lucchino have said the ballpark will have lots of open space for fans to gather.
While the stadium is planned to hold 10,000 fans, not all will sit in traditional seats. Roughly 7,000 seats will be traditional, with other areas open for fans to mingle during the game.