With a common goal of building a ballpark of the future through research and innovation, Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) President Laurie Leshin and Pawtucket Red Sox Principal Owner and Chairman Larry Lucchino have announced a partnership between the university and the ballclub: WPI will become the official Worcester Red Sox academic technology advisor, helping the club design and develop what will be known as Polar Park, expected to open in 2021.
“As Worcester’s hometown technological university, WPI shares the club’s vision and opportunity for Polar Park: to create a versatile regional sports venue that combines a traditional ballpark environment with modern, smart, and connected amenities,” said President Leshin. “Polar Park and its surrounding district offer tremendous opportunities for faculty and students to develop new applications for innovative technologies that will improve the experiences of baseball fans and beyond. This is a win-win.”
“One of the many appealing assets in Worcester is WPI, a world-class technology leader,” Lucchino said. “We have long sought this collaboration to help this ballpark be innovative as well as friendly and beautiful. We look forward to WPI’s participation on the key technology fronts.”