The New England Revolution will have their own soccer-specific stadium in five years. At least, Don Garber thinks so.
Garber recently told SI.com in a wide-ranging interview that he thinks the Revolution will be playing in their own stadium by 2021. There has not been much in the way of positive developments in recent months with regards to the Revolution getting their own soccer-specific home, at least not publicly, but Garber seems confident about the club’s chances of accomplishing that in the near feature.
“I believe so,” Garber told SI.com when asked if the Revolution will have a soccer-specific stadium in five years, “and I’d be shocked if they weren’t.”
The Revolution are one of the few remaining MLS teams to not have their own soccer-specific venue. They currently play their games on turf fields at the cavernous Gillette Stadium, which is located in Foxborough, Massachusetts. The stadium constantly gets criticized for not being ideal for soccer and for being located far from the downtown Boston area.
Forgive me if this is a dumb question but what incentive does old man Kraft for moving the Revs out of Gillette in the first place? He owns both teams and the Revs give him an additional +/-17-25 additional dates to bring revenue into the building(depending on playoffs, friendlies, US Open, Champions League). Why spend $100-200 million and go through the headaches of finding a site in a premium market?
Never underestimate a Billionaire’s (read: Kraft Family and Friends) ability to coerce and blackmail a City or Municipality into paying hundreds of Millions of tax-payer dollars so the Billionaire can make more $$$. But hey, “jobs” and “re-vitilization” will be trotted out as justification even though every independent study ever conducted on stadium financing shows little to no real long-term impact on a local economy. Sorry, but tax-payer funded stadiums are bad for the public.
This is the same guy who said NYCFC would get a stadium soon, and that Miami is “making progress” in obtaining a stadium site. How’s that going?
Snake oil salesman.
In laymans terms it must mean the Revs are close to an understanding for the Dorchester/UMass site. The 5 year timeline means that an announcement could be made late this year or early next. You need to see a two year entitlement push, and an 18-24 month construction phase for a 2021 opening.