McCoy Stadium – Microsoft Flight Simulator STADIUM LANDING!


Today we visit the city of Pawtucket, Rhode Island, and their beautiful McCoy Stadium!


McCoy Stadium is a baseball stadium in Pawtucket, Rhode Island. From 1970 through 2020, it served as home field of the Pawtucket Red Sox (PawSox), a Minor League Baseball affiliate of the Boston Red Sox. Completed in 1942, the stadium first hosted an affiliated minor league team in 1946, the Pawtucket Slaters, a Boston Braves farm team. The project to build the stadium began in 1938 and was championed by then-Pawtucket Mayor Thomas P. McCoy. It was to be built on a swampy piece of land known as Hammond’s Pond and, to this day, the stadium sits at the end of Pond Street. On the afternoon of November 3, 1940, Mayor McCoy laid the foundation cornerstone. Initially known as Pawtucket Stadium, it was completed in 1942, and in 1946 was officially named in honor of Mayor McCoy, who had died in August 1945. McCoy Stadium first began hosting affiliated Minor League Baseball in 1946. The Pawtucket Slaters, a Class B affiliate of the Boston Braves, was the first team to call McCoy Stadium home. Professional baseball disappeared from Pawtucket for 16 years. It finally returned in 1966, as McCoy became home of the Pawtucket Indians, who competed at the Double-A level in the Eastern League as an affiliate of the Cleveland Indians. After two seasons, the Indians moved to Waterbury, Connecticut, and McCoy was again without a team.

In 1969, the Boston Red Sox had their Eastern League affiliate, the Pittsfield Red Sox of Pittsfield, Massachusetts, play at McCoy Stadium twice—one game in July and a doubleheader in August; the two events drew a total of over 10,000 fans. After the season, it was reported that the Pittsfield Red Sox would be relocated to McCoy Stadium. The team moved prior to the 1970 season, becoming the Pawtucket Red Sox, known colloquially as the “PawSox”. The franchise spent three seasons playing in the Double-A Eastern League before being promoted to the Triple-A International League. The PawSox brought four championship titles to McCoy Stadium and Pawtucket, winning the Governors’ Cup (the International League championship since 1933) in 1973, 1984, 2012, and 2014. In February 2015, a group of New England business leaders, led by Larry Lucchino, purchased the Pawtucket Red Sox. In August 2018, ownership announced that it would relocate the team to a new stadium in Worcester, Massachusetts, in April 2021, becoming the Worcester Red Sox. While 2020 was planned to be the PawSox’ final season of play at McCoy Stadium, the Minor League Baseball season was canceled, due to the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States. Thus, the final game contested by the PawSox at McCoy Stadium was the team’s last game of the 2019 International League season. Without the PawSox as a tenant, the future of McCoy Stadium is unclear. In December 2019, Pawtucket’s mayor, Donald Grebien, indicated options include bringing another minor league team to Pawtucket or “tearing the ballpark down for a new use.” In May 2021, Grebien noted future opportunities with independent baseball leagues or governmental use such as a public safety complex or high school.

One of the unique features of the ballpark is the expansive foul territory. The foul area forms a complete semicircle between first and third, and in order to fit the baselines in between the ends of the seating areas, the area behind home plate is quite vast. This is especially notable since the major league Red Sox’s home park, Fenway Park, has the smallest foul territory in the majors.
The two dugouts are actually embedded into the wall underneath the grandstands (as are the luxury boxes, just beyond them). The first row of seats is elevated eight feet above field level. In 1998 renovations began that included a new terraced berm in left field, a grassy knoll where fans can sit next to the PawSox bullpen and watch the game up close. The seating capacity was also increased to 10,031 by adding three full sections of seats. In addition to the original quarter-circle seating bowl, McCoy now features an extended left-field line seating area and souvenir stand, as well as outfield bleacher seating and new parking areas. Luxury boxes were constructed below the new seating area at field level. All seats are now accessed through an entry tower near third base, instead of the circular ramps which still remain behind home plate. The seats are elevated above the field, and patrons must climb two sets of stairs (or take an elevator) to reach the main concourse and outfield berm areas. With the renovations to the stadium, the Pawtucket Red Sox raised their average game-day attendance to a league-leading 9,561 in 2005.

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