Jonathan Kraft would love to create an atmosphere at New England Revolution matches that more closely resembles those in Portland or Seattle, and says the way to do it to get out of Foxboro and closer to Boston.
Downtown Boston would be idea, but Kraft isn’t pushing it. In fact, he’s being very careful what he reveals about the club’s plans at all regarding a new soccer specific stadium. New England has been burned on some potential downtown developments in the past, and their owner doesn’t want to jinx it.
His quotes all make sense. Gillette Stadium is a giant facility ideal for the National Football League games the Patriots play eight times or more a year. Kraft told a Boston radio station that a new home is coming.
“(The Revs) belong in a city with public transportation,” he continued, “where new Americans and the 20-, 30- and 40-year-olds who played the game and live in and around urban areas want to go to it. And it’s a different kind of vibe than a suburban football stadium has.”
“It’s something we’ve been working on for a while,” he said, “and we’ve come very close with a couple of situations over the past half dozen years and they didn’t happen. Because of that we’re just going to stay quiet until we have something.”
“So hopefully we’ll be able to do it and then create the special atmosphere that exists in many other venues around the league.”
A downtown Boston stadium would also be a boon for potential USMNT matches and the NWSL’s Boston Breakers. There are plenty of reasons for the Revolution to want to make this happen, but finding real estate will remain the tricky part (as we’ve seen with NYCFC’s struggles in New York). What say you, Revs fans? Foxboro fine by you?