The club announced the schedule change earlier this morning citing wind chill temperatures below 10 degrees in the areas in and around Gillette Stadium.
The match against Orlando City SC will now be played at Gillette Stadium on Saturday, Sept. 2 at 7:00 p.m. New England will now open its home schedule against Minnesota United FC on Saturday, March 25 at 2:00 p.m. ET. New England returns to MLS action on Saturday, March 18, against FC Dallas with kickoff scheduled for 8:00 p.m. ET at Toyota Stadium.
"All of us involved in this decision believe this is in the best interest of the fans, the players, and the game," said Revolution President Brian Bilello. "We at the Revolution look forward to seeing all our fans at the Orlando game on September 2."
All tickets for March 11 will be honored on Sept. 2 and fans can switch their tickets to a different game by contacting the team box office.
Orlando City was scheduled to train in Florida this morning and then fly up to the Boston area later today, so this early postponement does save them a trip and likely a large portion of any traveling fanbase as well. It’s not the first time the Revs have dealt with bad weather either very early or very late in the year:
Kudos to the Revs and league for making this decision now and having a make up date already in place. It’s not an ideal situation to move the second game of the year but it’s the right decision for not only the fans but the players as well who would be subject to extreme and awful conditions for soccer on just the cold or wind alone.
A combination of both is simply too much and now we all have to find something else to do tomorrow afternoon. It’s also snowing outside in most of southern New England right now too so we’re in for a wonderful weekend of weather it seems.