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Attendance drops as PawSox prepare to depart Rhode Island

August 30, 2019

PAWTUCKET, R.I. (AP) — Attendance at Pawtucket Red Sox games has dropped as the team prepares to depart Rhode Island for Massachusetts.

The Boston Globe reports the PawSox are averaging just 5,126 fans a game.

The team averaged more than 9,500 fans a game in 2005. It’s the third-lowest attendance in the International League.

The PawSox will play one more season at McCoy Stadium. The team is moving to Worcester in 2021 after Rhode Island leaders failed to agree on a deal to build a new stadium.

PawSox vice president Dan Rea says the team expected “some small dip” in attendance. He says chilly weather in the early part of the season might have been partially responsible.

Rea says the team is committed to not cutting operations during its last year at McCoy.

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