PawSox officials: New stadium deal officially dead

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) Officials with the Pawtucket Red Sox say the baseball club will end its pursuit for a proposed stadium on waterfront land in downtown Providence.

PawSox Chairman Larry Lucchino said in a statement Saturday that the group tried hard to make the deal work, but Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo determined the land was not suitable for a new ballpark.

A spokesman for House speaker Nicholas Mattiello said Friday that negotiations between the state and the Triple-A affiliate of the Boston Red Sox had stopped.

The proposal has faced strenuous public opposition from the start. Stadium naysayers were opposed to using the land that's slated to become a public park. They were also opposed to using public money for the ballpark.

PawSox officials say they will consider other sites in Providence.