The art, depicting what a ballpark could look like, reflects the architectural character of the surrounding neighborhood with brick exterior walls, exposed structural steel, and high arched openings. In a nod to the maritime heritage of the Ocean State, the ballpark would feature an attractive, iconic lighthouse.This design includes the ability of fans to circle the entire concourse via an elevated walkway that includes picturesque views of the river and an opportunity to catch home run balls, especially during batting practice. Families and children can also enjoy a Kids Corner which will feature picnic and barbeque areas, whiffle ball fields, and a verdant seating berm.
A new food court would provide a host of menu items. “We’ve worked diligently these past few months to first ensure the land we selected is appropriate for a ballpark,” said Pawtucket Red Sox President James Skeffington. “Once we learned that the site was an ideal location, we then turned our focus to designing and estimating the cost to build a state-of-the-art, community ballpark, and better understand the level of benefits it would reap for the state and city of Providence. “We have the opportunity to convert a unique parcel of urban land into a vibrant gathering place for people of all backgrounds,” said Pawtucket Red Sox Chairman Larry Lucchino. “We are experienced in the transformative powers that a well-placed ballpark can have; we believe we can make this happen here.”
The proposed ballpark, with room for approximately 10,000 spectators, would sit at the southwest corner of the site with home plate placed at the Dyer—Eddy—Ship Street intersection. The three-story structure, approximately 50 feet high, would open towards the northeast with spectacular left field views of downtown Providence and majestic right field views of the Providence River and the historic East Side/Fox Point neighborhoods. A new pedestrian bridge over the river would bring fans to a new Right Field Plaza.
The diamond would feature asymmetrical dimensions, an intimate setting, with seats down low and close the field. While designed for baseball, the park could also accommodate full NCAA playing fields for football, soccer, and lacrosse. This versatility would allow the venue to draw guest and visitors for sporting and community events year-round. Approximately three acres of landscaped public open space, with picnic and play areas, would be available to the public, as would the enhanced network of public pedestrian greenways.
As a state-of-the-art player development facility, the ballpark would have expanded clubhouses, batting tunnels, and training and conditioning areas. Teams participating in collegiate and other special events would also have locker room facilities. The initial conceptual ballpark designs were created by DAIQ of Boston, MA, which has served as the architect for Fenway Park’s improvements, and by Populous, of Kansas City, MO, one of the nation’s leaders in ballpark development. Source by Populous.