Last weekend the Pawtucket Red Sox kicked off their Dining on the Diamond program where they allowed fans to come and dine on the diamond at McCoy Stadium. The initial weekend and subsequent dates sold out at a rapid clip and that was just the tip of the iceberg.
According to the PawSox, their waiting list now has over 800 families and on their first weekend, they were able to seat 162 families. In order to satisfy the crave the PawSox has upped the table capacity on the field to 33 and has added a third seating which will take place at 8 pm and be under the lights on the ballfield.
For perspective, the team had initially planned for 20 tables but quickly upped that total to 27 for their first weekend. All these changes were done in accordance with local guidelines with the transition from Phase 1 to Phase 2 allowing for more tables in Rhode Island. So why 33 tables? It is the club paying homage to the longest game in the history of professional baseball which took place in 1981.
Go forward, the plan is to have seatings on Friday’s, Saturday’s, and Sunday’s at 5 pm, 6:30 pm, and 8 pm. If there is inclement weather the team has the capacity to accommodate guests on the indoor concourse.
In addition, the ballclub is expanding the menu to include a New England Lobster Roll, Chicken Caprese, and Rhode Island Steak Tips. Other innovative items on the menu include the Eggplant Parmesan, a hot dog wrapped in bacon and topped with pulled pork and mac & cheese, and a Barbecue meal. For the more conservative fans all of the ballpark favorites are on the menu including hot dogs, burgers, chicken tenders, fries, and nachos.