First glimpses of New England Revolution’s proposed waterfront stadium

A rendering of the new stadium, which is labelled ‘for discussion purposes only’

Featured image credit: The Kraft Group

Renderings of a proposed new riverside stadium for the New England Revolution have been unveiled at a committee hearing to discuss the project’s future.

The Joint Committee on Economic Development and Emerging Technologies hearing comes following the introduction of a bill in the Massachusetts Senate that would earmark a plot of land on the Mystic River in Everett for the soccer-specific venue. The Major League Soccer (MLS) team currently plays at the vast Gillette Stadium home of the New England Patriots – also owned by The Kraft Group – despite an average crowd of just 24,000.

Sen. Sal DiDomenico’s Bill S.2692, introduced last December, would remove a 43-acre parcel of land situated partly in Boston and Everett from its “designated port area” status “for the purpose of converting the parcel into a professional soccer stadium and a waterfront park.”

At the committee hearing, Revolution president Brian Bilello spoke in advocacy of the legislation, showing a presentation that included several images of what the proposed stadium would look like. While displayed by Bilello, the images are marked ‘for discussion purposes only’.

The local Conservation Law Foundation said it opposes DiDomenico’s bill as removing one of the state’s 10 working ports with deep-water access could harm the state’s clean energy goals. Traffic congestion on game days could also increase air pollution in Somerville, Everett and Boston, the group said.

A memorandum of agreement signed in 2023 by Everett and a company based at a Patriots property called for a “world-class stadium” with about 25,000 seats, plus an “enticing public park” on the waterfront. There would only be 75 on-site parking spots.

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