New England Revolution to re-launch Somerville Stadium plans

MLS club New England Revolution has re-launched plans to move to a purpose-built soccer stadium.

MLS club New England Revolution has re-launched plans to move to a purpose-built soccer stadium.

The Revs currently share Foxborough, MA’s Gillette Stadium with NFL club the New England Patriots but are exploring the options of shifting to a venue of their own.

One of the main sites is in Somerville which the club will re-examine as the search continues to explore new stadium options.

A proposition for a 20 to 25,000-capacity stadium was first thought up in 2007 and the club has now revisited those plans according to an official Revs blog.

‘Getting the team into a soccer stadium of its own remains a top priority for our organization. With the decision regarding the MBTA’s Green Line maintenance facility in Somerville in place, we have re-launched the process of examining that area as a stadium site. We were in a holding pattern for a bit while the city and MBTA worked out the details of the facility. During the next few months our architects and engineers will be studying the area to determine if it is possible to build a soccer stadium on that site given the footprint of the maintenance facility and other existing structures,’ it read.

‘In the last few months, we have also begun studying three additional sites around Boston’s metro core. These sites may not have been available to us in the past, but have recently shown potential interest in having our stadium.

‘To date, we have invested more than $1 million dollars in exploring new soccer stadium options, in addition to the efforts of multiple people in our organization, so we’re pressing the issue. We’ve seen the impact that an urban soccer stadium has made and we are committed to creating that environment here in New England.’