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McCoy Stadium Final Report




Pendulum Studio II, LLC and its team of ballpark experts today issued an independent study of McCoy Stadium, assessing its current condition, future infrastructure needs, potential improvements and a comparative analysis with other Triple-A stadiums. The study was jointly commissioned and co-funded by the State of Rhode Island, the City of Pawtucket, and the Pawtucket Red Sox in anticipation of the end of the PawSox lease in 2020.

On June 6, 2016, the State, City, and PawSox announced a Request for Proposals (RFP) for the McCoy Study, soliciting bids from ballpark architects and experts around the country. Following a thorough evaluation, Pendulum Studio, its Principal and Owner Jonathan O’Neil Cole and their team of ballpark experts and subcontractors were together awarded the contract in late September.

Pendulum Studio has experience working on similar studies of ballparks in Manchester, N.H., Salem, Va., and Memphis, Tenn., and has previously worked on dozens of ballpark and stadium projects across Minor League Baseball and professional sports. Pendulum Studio assembled a team of accomplished content experts from around the baseball industry to assist with the McCoy Stadium assessment, including:

·         Arora Engineers, Inc., a facility management firm that focused on Mechanical/Electrical/Plumbing ("MEP"), technology, and life safety systems;

·         Barton Malow, a construction firm that provided project cost estimates;

·         BETA Group, a planning and design firm with previous experience working in Pawtucket;

·         Brailsford & Dunlavey, a project management firm that provided economic impact estimates;

·         S/L/A/M Collaborative, a Connecticut-based architecture and engineering firm that provided site planning, structural engineering and architectural services.

During the last several months, Cole’s team collectively made 20 on-site visits to McCoy Stadium. These visits provided in-person opportunities to review various systems and conditions within the Stadium, as well as other facets of the venue's operational set-up. The group also studied the Stadium’s impact on the surrounding neighborhood, with specific analyses of factors such as traffic, parking and the economic impact on local businesses. 

The multi-phase report begins with an “Existing Conditions Evaluation” assessing the current systems in the Stadium, including its structural integrity, mechanical, electrical, plumbing, life safety systems, architectural systems, and health and environmental codes. Based on this assessment, the report provides a cost estimate for repairs that would address building deficiencies and extend the Stadium's life for the next 20 years. 

In the second phase of the report, Pendulum outlines two options that would bring the Stadium to a level comparable with other venues at the Triple-A level: a renovation of McCoy Stadium, as well as a complete razing of the venue followed by the construction of a new building on the existing Stadium's site. 

Along with a detailed cost estimate and pro/con analysis of these options, the study includes a comparison of McCoy to leading venues at the Triple-A level, such as ballparks in Indianapolis, Ind., Lehigh Valley, Pa., Columbus, Ohio, El Paso, Texas, and Charlotte, N.C.

Additionally, the study includes an economic and demographic analysis of the PawSox’s marketplace, the current economic impact that McCoy Stadium has on the State of Rhode Island and the City of Pawtucket, as well as a calculation of both the one-time economic benefits and the recurring economic benefits associated with each of the improvement options for McCoy Stadium. 

Media Contacts:

Brenna McCabe

Department of Administration


Lauren Greene

City of Pawtucket



Bill Wanless

Pawtucket Red Sox


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