Construction begins on Polar Park baseball stadium in Massachusetts, US

WCN Editorial Team 15 Jul 2019 NORTH AMERICA BUILDINGS

Worcester City officials and executives from the Worcester Red Sox, Gilbane-Hunt, D’Agostino Izzo Quirk Associates (DAIQ) and Skanska USA Building broke ground on Polar Park baseball stadium in Worcester, Massachusetts, US.

The new stadium will be the future home for Worcester Red Sox. The ceremony was held at an existing parking lot at the intersection of Plymouth and Washington streets, near the future Left Field Foul Pole. This is the site that will host the Triple-A affiliate of the Boston Red Sox in 2021.

Worcester Mayor Joseph Petty said: “Today is the day that our city once again will put its thumbprint on our nation’s past time. Our city will insert itself into the history of the Red Sox, one of the most storied baseball franchises, and into the lexicon of the most American game; not a Red Sox game will go by without a radio or television commentator mentioning the City of Worcester.

“Make no mistake: history is being made today because history will be made on this field.”

The 10,000-seat stadium, designed to be used year-round, is part of a redevelopment project on empty brownfields adjacent to the city’s resurgent Canal District.

Covering 18 acres, the overall project will include private development by Madison Properties on the former site of the Wyman-Gordon Company near Kelley Square.

The development will also include 250 market-rate apartments, two hotels totalling 250 rooms, a 96,000ft² office building beyond left field, 65,000ft² of retail and restaurant space, as well as parking space for more than 500 vehicles.

The project will also include infrastructure improvement to streets, sidewalks and lighting fixtures, along with parks and public art.

The project is expected to create hundreds of full-time and part-time jobs at the peak of construction.

Skanska and IFG were selected as the owner’s project manager and Delano Associates as the team’s project manager. DAIQ is the architect, while Gilbane-Hunt, a joint venture, will serve as the construction manager at risk.

Walker Consultants was selected to design the multi-level parking garage.

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts has agreed to provide $35m (£28m) over the next two to three years. This will include support for new market-rate housing through the Housing Development Incentive Program and MassWorks funding to build the parking garage and other infrastructure and public realm improvements at the Canal District.

Boston Red Sox Hall of Famer and Pawtucket Red Sox principal owner and chairman Larry Lucchino said: “This Polar Park ground-breaking ceremony is a major milestone in our journey. Working collaboratively with representatives of the City of Worcester and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, together with a first-class design team, we are well underway in creating a community ballpark that serves a broad region, and that looks and feels and tastes and smells like this proud city, the second-largest in all of New England.”

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Image: Artist’s rendering of Polar Park. Photo: Courtesy of City of Worcester, MA.

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