With a big name Designated Player signing, an increased media presence and an attack-oriented roster that is now prepping for the Eastern Conference Championship, it’s safe to say that 2014 has been a success year for the New England Revolution. The only thing missing is a soccer specific stadium in an urban location.
During an interview on 98.5 The Sports Hub, Revolution Investor/Operator Jonathan Kraft spoke on subject, saying that the "team belongs in Boston or the immediate surrounding area." Kraft went on to state that he believes that Boston Mayor Marty Walsh wants to see a stadium in his city.
"I think [Walsh] understands the power and the value to a community of one of these facilities," Kraft said. "We’re hopeful that in the near future something will be able to happen."
Kraft remarked that an urban stadium has a "different type of vibe than a suburban football stadium." He also stressed the importance of public transportation to allow dedicated fans easy access.
Although the Revolution have been quiet about their quest to build a stadium, Kraft was adamant that the front office has been very active. In fact, the lack of stadium talk is a consensus decision that was made because past deals haven’t worked out.
"We’ve come very close with a couple of situations over the past half dozen years and they didn’t happen," Kraft said. "Because of that we’re just going to stay quiet until we have something."
Increased television ratings, growing attendance throughout the league and an influx of stars help highlight the potential for soccer in the United States. To capitalize the this potential, Kraft believes that the Revolution will have a home of their own soon.
"Hopefully we’ll be able to do it and then create the special atmosphere that exists in many other venues around the league," Kraft predicted.
The full interview is available below: