First look: Professional soccer stadium development in Everett

The Kraft Group has shared its vision for the new standalone Major League Soccer stadium development for the New England Revolution.

A rendering of the proposed soccer stadium on the waterfront in Everett.

Imagine pulling up to a soccer match via ferry on the waterfront in Everett.

Rendering provided by The Kraft Group

Since the team’s debut in 1996, our Major League Soccer team has shared a stadium with the region’s only professional football team in Foxborough. Now, we’re getting a first look at what The Kraft Group has in the works to bring the New England Revolution its own home turf.

The Kraft Group shared plans for the Revolution’s proposed soccer stadium development in Everett during a public hearing. Plans include re-zoning a portion of the waterfront to allow construction for the ~$500 million project.

A rendering of the waterfront views of the proposed soccer stadium.

This proposed location would trade out a decommissioned power plant for a standalone MLS stadium.

Rendering provided by The Kraft Group

Why does the team need it’s own stadium?
Today, the Revs are one of four remaining MLS teams playing in a stadium built for American football. Bringing a standalone stadium to the Greater Boston area has been a longtime goal for the owners — aka the Krafts.

This play could attract more fans for the 19-24 games each year and create a more authentic soccer experience by bringing seats closer to the field + establishing a space behind one of the goals for standing-room only. No final counts have been released, but the stadium could seat up to 25,000 fans.

A rendering of a new waterfront walkway outside the proposed soccer-stadium.

The project could increase access to the Mystic River waterfront.

Rendering provided by The Kraft Group

Where will the stadium be?
The 43-acre property is a decommissioned power plant, which Wynn Resorts acquired last year. Located across from the Encore casino, it’s also nearby the Orange Line’s Sullivan Square stop. Current plans outline adding a dock at the stadium site for ferries going to and from the Encore Boston Harbor casino. Bonus: A new footbridge over the Mystic between Assembly Row and the Encore Boston Harbor casino is also in the works.

What’s next?
It’s too soon to talk about an opening date, as this project still faces years of legislation and multiple state and local permits before construction could begin.

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