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Kraft-backed Boston soccer stadium plan is dead

Kraft-backed Boston soccer stadium plan is dead

A Robert Kraft-backed proposal for a $250 million soccer stadium at the site of the former Bayside Expo Center in Dorchester, Mass., appears to be dead.

Robert and Jonathan Kraft, owners of the NFL’s Patriots and New England Revolution of MLS, released a statement Friday that said, in part, “the project is not feasible to pursue on this site at this time.”

Talks between the Kraft Group and UMass Boston, which bought the land for $18.7 million in 2010, have apparently ended.

Here’s the full statement from the Krafts: 

“In 2015, we were invited to put together a stadium proposal for the former Bayside Exhibition Center site. Since then, we have invested millions of dollars and thousands of staff hours to design and structure a venue that would benefit UMass Boston, the City of Boston and serve as an asset to the surrounding communities, with an operating plan that would benefit all local constituencies. We were committed to a fully-funded, privately-financed stadium that would have totaled an investment in excess of $250 million. There was also a full-value land lease to UMass that would have provided annual payments to the university. As is the case with any development opportunity, there were numerous hurdles to overcome and we regularly adjusted our plans to cater to the needs of the project. Unfortunately, and for reasons beyond our control, it has been determined that this project is not feasible to pursue on this site at this time. It is our goal to continue to seek development opportunities where we can invest in a soccer specific stadium that will benefit its surrounding communities while giving our fans and our players a venue they will be proud to call home for generations to come.”


 

Highlights from the Revolution's 1-0 over NY Red Bulls

Highlights from the Revolution's 1-0 over NY Red Bulls

FINAL SCORE: Revolution 1, NY Red Bulls 0

IN BRIEF: The Revs broke their two-game scoreless streak with Cristian Penilla's 73' goal, leading them to a 1-0 win over the NY Red Bulls.

BOX SCORE

REVS RECORD: 2-5-1 

HIGHLIGHTS:

REVS CREATING CHANCES IN THE POOR CONDITIONS

ANOTHER NEAR SCORE

CRISTIAN PENILLA GIVES THE REVS A LATE 1-0 LEAD

NEXT UP:
@ Montreal Impact, Wednesday, 7:30 p.m., NBC Sports Boston

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Revolution to join Chelsea FC in the March of the Living

Revolution to join Chelsea FC in the March of the Living

The New England Revolution and Chelsea Football Club announced Thursday they will both participate in the March of the Living in Poland on May 2. The event is held annually in remembrance of the Holocaust. 10,000 people are expected to march from Auschwitz to Birkenau. 

Revs president Brian Bilello and team ambassador Charlie Davies are among the participants from New England. 

“The New England Revolution are honored to join the March of the Living this year to recognize the legacy of those who lost their lives in the Holocaust,” said Bilello. “With prejudice and hate crimes on the rise, we feel it’s important to use our voice to help combat discrimination of any kind and we are proud to partner with Chelsea to help promote equality and tolerance.”

After the march, Chelsea and the Revs will meet in Foxboro for a charity match on May 15. Proceeds will go towards projects promoting equality and tolerance.

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