New England Revolution owner/investor Jonathan Kraft remains “hopeful” that the team will be able to move into a soccer specific stadium in the near future and wants to create a “special atmosphere” in a permanent home.
The Revs have had an excellent 2014 so far and are now preparing for the Eastern Conference Championship game after seeing off the Columbus Crew 7-3 on aggregate in the playoff semi-finals.
That level will need to include a soccer specific stadium for the side and that would mean no more NFL lines during games at Gillette Stadium – the home of the New England Patriots.
Jonathan Kraft agrees that the “team belongs in Boston or the immediate surrounding area”, and thinks Boston Mayor Marty Walsh also wants to see a new stadium in the city.
“I think [Walsh] understands the power and the value to a community of one of these facilities. We’re hopeful that in the near future something will be able to happen,” Kraft said on 98.5 The Sports Hub.
“It’s something we’ve been working on for a while 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.
“They belong in a city with public transportation, 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 [a potential stadium], and it’s a different kind of vibe than a sub-urban football stadium has.
“So hopefully we’ll be able to do it and then create the special atmosphere that exists in many other venues around the league,” he added.
Full interview with Jonathan Kraft on 98.5 The Sports Hub:
Increased media presence, a forward-thinking head coach and a talented team too, New England Revolution seem to be a club very much on the up in Major League Soccer and they will be hoping to reach the MLS Cup for the first time since 2007, as their dreams of winning the trophy for the first time are very much alive.
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