It is being reported that Robert Kraft, owner of the New England Patriots and New England Revolution, is in talks to get the Revs their own stadium. Kraft and UMass Boston officials have begun preliminary talks to build a stadium at the site of the old Bayside Expo Center. The land is owned by the University of Massachusetts, and sits right near the water in Dorchester.
To say this is a great idea would be a massive understatement. If you have ever been to a Revolution game, you would know that the team desperately needs and deserves their own stadium. Filling out half of Gillette Stadium just doesn't do justice for the Revolution faithful. It's no secret that soccer isn't the most popular sport in this country, but the diehard fans deserve their own place to call home. With Kraft as their owner, there is no reason it shouldn't happen.
The site is located right next to the JFK/UMass stop on the red line, which is perfect for anyone that decides to take public transportation. The site also has a monstrous parking lot, so driving and tailgating would not be sacrificed with the move.
With UMass being so close, and the rest of the Boston schools just a train ride away, you would have to believe that it will be attractive to the students. With ticket prices already cheap, a college discount would almost certainly sell thousands of tickets.
The only drawback is that UMass was planning on expanding their campus, and this is the location they wanted.
State representative Dan Hunt told reporters "I don't think a stadium would be good at that location." He continued, "A soccer stadium is going to bring in lots of traffic and congestion in an area that already has a lot of traffic and congestion."
While traffic would surely increase, there is always going to be traffic in Boston. There are certainly upsides and downsides to this idea, but I believe there is too much to gain to pass up the idea. The
Revolution will have their own stadium one day, it's just a matter of when and where.
By Matt Watts