In New England, the Kraft Group recently confirmed it could invest as much as $400 million in a new, 20,000 seater New England Revolution stadium, foreshadowing what would be a costly project.
The Revolution currently play at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, shared with the NFL’s Patriots. The Kraft family, which controls the Revolution and the Patriots, has previously made efforts to move the MLS club out of Gillette Stadium and into a smaller, soccer-specific venue somewhere in or closer to Boston’s core. Thus far, that goal has proven elusive–a hard push to build at the site of the former Bayside Expo Center in the Dorchester section of Boston fell through in 2017 when negotiations ended–and there are still many questions as to how a future stadium proposal could take shape.
The stadium quest has essentially gone dark as the New England Revolution continue to share cavernous Gillette Stadium with their more high-profile siblings, the Patriots. While the Kraft Group has yet to confirm where it will next look to build a soccer-specific stadium, it did indicate recently that it could invest as much as $400 million in the project. The figure would be relatively high for a soccer-specific stadium project but reflects some of the realities the group faces in its pursuit. More from The Boston Globe:
Revs team president Brian Bilello continues to ressure fans that the hunt remains very much alive. Snippets from the event emerged on Twitter, including the mention of a new price tag. The location? Sorry, everyone. That remains a mystery.
Should this project happen, it now appears almost certain that it will eclipse Gillette in terms of construction costs. Granted, the Krafts opened their football stadium in Foxborough, MA in 2002. But they spent roughly $350 million back then to build a much larger stadium, with its capacity for nearly 66,000 people.
Blame rising construction expenses. But don’t forget the Krafts’ desire to be in a high-profile location in or near Boston’s inner core. Real estate costs inevitably will be part of the equation. These are a few challenges that the Krafts have to take into account. Construction costs are increasing, and the Boston market is one where adequate land for a project of this scope is scarce, which will surely drive up the cost of obtaining property.
A cost of $400 million would be high in comparison to other MLS soccer-specific stadium and facility projects, and any project in or near Boston is certain to match–if not exceed–that figure.
Though at present no new sites or plans are in play, here are some concepts of what was envisioned in Dorchester: