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2019 Power 50: Larry Lucchino

Larry Lucchino Principal owner & chairman Pawtucket Red Sox Residence: Chestnut Hill Colleges: Princeton University; Yale Law School
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Lucchino, the former president and CEO of the Boston Red Sox, was all but given the keys to the city when the club’s Triple-A affiliate Pawtucket Red Sox and Worcester jointly announced last August the team would move to the Canal District in 2021 as part of a $240-million redevelopment. The city offered to borrow $101 million for the project, of which the team will pay back $36 million in lease and upfront payments.

While dozens of people were involved in the process on whether to move the team, the decision to leave the team’s longtime home of McCoy Stadium was ultimately Lucchino’s alone. In Polar Park, team and city officials see the stadium as a crown jewel in the region’s remade reputation, attracting new developments, companies and visitors. More than 20 businesses have signed on as WooSox sponsors.

Where is the Central Mass. community headed? It’s only going to continue to grow and develop. Worcester has a demonstrable pride and charm to it, especially with a burgeoning food culture and 11 colleges in the area. Our hope is the ballpark will act as a method of showcasing Worcester for patrons who may not have visited in last few years, or even decades.

Peter Fonda would be proud: I ride motorcycles.

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