During a live event/press conference with the Miami Herald’s editorial board, Jorge Mas revealed that the New England Revolution are building a soccer stadium “right next to Boston Garden.” Jump to roughly the 1:22:00 mark in the video for Mas’ comment. Further research from Soc Takes contributor Ian Foster indicated that the Lechmere transit station is the focal point.
Looking at the area on Google Maps reveals a massive vacant patch northeast of the current station. That spot is the site of an ongoing redevelopment project known as Cambridge Crossing (formerly NorthPoint).
Cambridge Crossing has been in progress on and off dating back to at least 2005, although the current efforts primarily began in 2015. Per the Boston Globe last October, the developer, Divco, was “talking with potential tenants looking for large space in Cambridge.” It was also announced previously that Lechmere station will be moving to the new development, indicated on the original developer’s website for the project.
The new Lechmere station, expected to begin operating in 2021, fits nicely with the timeline for a potential new stadium for the Revolution. Currently, the Revs play at Gillette Stadium, which is southwest of Boston in Foxborough, Mass. They share the venue with the NFL’s New England Patriots.
So far, there’s been nothing publicly announced about a soccer stadium at Cambridge Crossing, but considering its location adjacent to the Inner Belt District where a previous stadium plan was discussed, this feels like more than just smoke.
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