Boston Submits Letter of Interest for Major League Soccer Stadium
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July 14, 2006
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Boston Submits Letter of Interest for Major League Soccer Stadium

Mayor Menino to Form Task Force to Examine Potential Sites

Mayor Thomas M. Menino today announced that he would convene a task force to study potential sites for a soccer stadium in Boston. The City of Boston has been identified by Major League Soccer as a desirable location for a soccer stadium for the New England Revolution. In a July 11th letter to the Mayor from MLS Commissioner Donald P. Garber, Boston was highlighted as a community of interest in the League's new search process for a stadium – a recent effort undertaken by MLS to have each of its twelve soccer teams playing in soccer-specific stadiums.

"Boston is honored and proud to be recruited by Major League Soccer to be the potential home for the New England Revolution," said Mayor Thomas M. Menino. "This is a fantastic opportunity for our city and our neighborhoods, but it will require a throughout exploration of possible sites – we need to make sure this works for Boston residents."

Last spring, Major League Soccer opened Chicago's brand-new Toyota Park, a 20,000-seat stadium for the Chicago Fire. The city of Philadelphia is in the process of opening its own soccer stadium. Garber's letter indicated that, although "multiple New England communities have submitted letters of interest to become a partner with the Revolution" for a stadium, Boston is of particular interest for the new location. Garber stated that MLS would be sending a more formal letter, or "Request for Information" (RFI), to the City in the near future.

In a written response to Commissioner Garber, Mayor Menino said he would ask the Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) to form a community task force comprised of civic, business, and sports leaders to work with Boston residents to identify potential locations for such a stadium. He added that he is confident that a working group of this nature would produce some locations that would exceed the League's expectations for a world-class venue.

On July 9th, Boston's World Cup Celebration on City Hall Plaza attracted more than 10,000 soccer fans from all over Greater Boston, who watched the tournament's final match on a large TV screen. Also, ABC incorporated the event into it's national broadcast of the World Cup final. New England Revolution team members participated in the celebration, signing autographs and greeting fans of all ages. The New England Revolution currently shares Foxborough's Gillette Stadium with the New England Patriots.

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