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April 2, 2020

WooSox stadium construction halted until at least May 4

Photo | Grant Welker Crews were at the Polar Park construction site April 2, securing it in advance of an April 3 shutdown, according to city officials.

Construction on Polar Park is temporarily suspended in light of the coronavirus pandemic, Worcester City Manager Edward Augustus announced in a press conference on Wednesday.

Work was halted on the $132-million public baseball stadium as of noon on Wednesday, with crews remaining on location to secure the site.

“By the end of business on Friday, the site should be secured until May 4 or otherwise instructed," Augustus said.

It was not immediately clear how the temporary work stoppage would impact the project's strict timeline, which aims to have the stadium ready for the Pawtucket Red Sox to move into the city by opening day in April 2021.

In a statement, the Worcester Red Sox said the health of the community, country and world were of the utmost importance, and they believed the construction suspension was the right move.

“We want nothing more than for Polar Park to be a point of pride for the people of Worcester and the Commonwealth — including the many local skilled construction workers who are putting their heart and soul into this ballpark," the team said. “We concur with our partners that a temporary halt gives our community the best opportunity to permanently contain this destructive virus.”

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