If the New England Revolution’s latest stadium idea comes to fruition, the Revs, Boston, and even UMass Boston could be in for a major soccer boon.
The Revs currently play at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, but would prefer to play in Boston proper in what could be a key component to strengthening its rep in the city.
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The Kraft family is speaking with City of Boston and UMass Boston in the hopes of putting a stadium on the latter entity’s Boston campus. The discussions are said to be in the very early stages, with several obstacles.
The Kraft family has been engaged in regular discussions with the city of Boston and UMass, which owns the Bayside site, but the sides do not appear close to an agreement. Any deal would be likely to involve the University of Massachusetts offering a long-term lease for the land, while the Krafts would pay for a $250 million stadium that seats 20,000 to 25,000 fans.
Both Fenway Park and TD Banknorth Garden are 15 minute drives from UMass Boston, while the new site would be a half-hour drive from Foxborough.
UMass Boston has Division III programs in men’s and women’s soccer. The men’s team entered Saturday with a 13-1-1 record and a No. 16 ranking nationally under coach Jake Beverlin.