Worcester Polytechnic Institute and Pawtucket Red Sox Partner to Advance Ballpark Technology

Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) and the Pawtucket Red Sox, both New England Council members, have announced a partnership to advance ballpark technology once the team moves to Worcester in 2021. This partnership will provide the new Polar Park in Worcester with the latest technology.

WPI students will work on projects to modernize the game experience, such as mobile apps for ordering food, technology to assist with finding parking, or special seating for those with sensory challenges. The partnership will also make the school the team’s official academic technology advisor through the 2023 baseball season.

President of WPI, Laurie Leshin, commented, “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 connect amenities.”

Larry Lucchino, Principal Owner and Chairman of the Pawtucket Red Sox, said, “One of the many appealing assets in Worcester is WPI, a world-class technology leader. . . 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.’

The Council congratulates WPI and the Pawtucket Red Sox for this constructive partnership, and for defining the fan experience of tomorrow.

Read more from the Worcester Business Journal and WPI.

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