Stadium Talk: Revs Looking to Build in Somerville?

Stadium Talk: Revs Looking to Build in Somerville?

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On July 8, 2008
  • 6 Comments
  • Stadium Talk

Many around Major League Soccer believe that the New England Revolution would benefit from moving out of Foxborough and into a soccer stadium of their own. There had been talks in previous years about a possible move into a such a stadium but so far nothing has come out of it. But the Boston suburb of Somerville is looking to change all of that.

A soccer stadium for the Revs could be on tap for a project to bring some growth to the area. The Krafts have met before with city officials to discuss the possibilities of a stadium in the area.

Stacey James, spokesman for the Kraft group, said, “The Kraft Group has been contacted by officials from multiple municipalities regarding development opportunities. We have had preliminary discussions with Somerville regarding a development project that could potentially include a multi-use soccer stadium.”

The fact that the Krafts are looking at possibilities other than their own Foxborough stadium should be good news to soccer fans in the New England area. Most believe the current NFL stadium is too far out of the way to attend games at, and judging by the average attendance figures the Revs get each year those people are right.

This is all still in a very early stage. No deal is actually on the table yet for a stadium in Somerville but just mentioning the idea is a good start for the Revs. I’ve always been under the impression that the club would evenutally move out of Foxborough and into a stadium of their own before long. Hopefully these talks and projections in the area go well for the two sides and they can get a stadium in place.

  • Anne

    While not a Revs fan (in fact, I loathe them), I live in New England, and Somerset is farther from Boston and Providence than Foxboro is. It also has a smaller population than Foxboro and nearby (just a few miles away) Walpole, so I really do not see how this can benefit the Revs attendance-wise. Even smaller cities like New Bedford and Fall River aren't that close. <br />
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    The Revs should look into the Boston suburbs (and I mean IMMEDIATE suburbs, not Foxboro or Somerville), or somewhere in Rhode Island.

  • Gabriel

    Anne, you're confusing Somerset with Somerville, which is really close to Boston. I used to live in Cambridge and would have gone to Revs games, but didn't have a car and the Foxboro commuter rail stop is only used for Patriots games, so it was too much of a hassle… Somerville would be great, especially if they do expand the subway Green Line, that would give a chance for a lot more soccer fans to attend games regularly, in particular all the college students in the area who don't have a car and find Foxboro too hard to get to.

  • Anne

    While not a Revs fan (in fact, I loathe them), I live in New England, and Somerset is farther from Boston and Providence than Foxboro is. It also has a smaller population than Foxboro and nearby (just a few miles away) Walpole, so I really do not see how this can benefit the Revs attendance-wise. Even smaller cities like New Bedford and Fall River aren’t that close.

    The Revs should look into the Boston suburbs (and I mean IMMEDIATE suburbs, not Foxboro or Somerville), or somewhere in Rhode Island.

  • Gabriel

    Anne, you’re confusing Somerset with Somerville, which is really close to Boston. I used to live in Cambridge and would have gone to Revs games, but didn’t have a car and the Foxboro commuter rail stop is only used for Patriots games, so it was too much of a hassle… Somerville would be great, especially if they do expand the subway Green Line, that would give a chance for a lot more soccer fans to attend games regularly, in particular all the college students in the area who don’t have a car and find Foxboro too hard to get to.

  • Arrepiado

    Just to clear things up for fans from outside Boston interested in this: Somerville is an urban community on the north side of Boston. Boston proper is actually only a small part of the city. Somerville has a very large Brazilian and latin poplulation, and parts are easily accessible from other parts of the city with large immigrant populations, such as Dorcester, Chelsea, Allston, Everett, Revere, etc. <br />
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    I think if the Revolution moved to Somerville we might have to start going to Stubhub for futbol tickets…

  • Arrepiado

    Just to clear things up for fans from outside Boston interested in this: Somerville is an urban community on the north side of Boston. Boston proper is actually only a small part of the city. Somerville has a very large Brazilian and latin poplulation, and parts are easily accessible from other parts of the city with large immigrant populations, such as Dorcester, Chelsea, Allston, Everett, Revere, etc.

    I think if the Revolution moved to Somerville we might have to start going to Stubhub for futbol tickets…