PAWTUCKET, R.I. – A new soccer-specific stadium for a club that will compete in the USL Championship was announced Monday as the centerpiece of what will be the largest economic development project in the history of Pawtucket, Rhode Island.
The $400 million Tidewater Landing project was unveiled by Governor Gina Raimondo, Pawtucket Mayor Donald Grebien and USL Chief Operating Officer Justin Papadakis and is set to transform Pawtucket’s waterfront with hundreds of thousands of square feet of new development that will also include expanded waterfront access through a riverwalk park connecting downtown to the currently underutilized riverfront, a new pedestrian bridge, and other key infrastructure upgrades.
“The Tidewater Landing project is a game changer for the State of Rhode Island, the City of Pawtucket and its passionate soccer community,” said Papadakis. “We are thrilled to bring professional soccer to this great state and city. A USL Championship club to call its own in a world-class stadium will be a tremendous community asset and will unite all Rhode Islanders around a common cause.”
The 7,500-seat venue will serve as the centerpiece for the Tidewater Landing project, with the new club anticipated to kick off in the 2022 Championship season. The club’s rights have been acquired by Brett M. Johnson, who currently serves as Co-Chair for the Championship’s Phoenix Rising FC and is the leader of Fortuitous Partners, an investment firm specializing in sports-anchored mixed-use real estate projects.
The full project is estimated to create more than 2,500 direct and indirect construction jobs and more than 1,500 direct, ongoing jobs once completed.
“This is an opportunity of a lifetime for the city of Pawtucket, the Blackstone Valley, and the state of Rhode Island,” said Pawtucket Mayor Donald R. Grebien. “This $400 million-plus opportunity will create jobs and will be a transformative economic development at the gateway into our state.”
For more information on the project, visit thetidewaterlanding.com.