The Vancouver Whitecaps are playing the first half of this season in a "temporary" stadium at Empire Field out of necessity since BC Place is being renovated with a retractable roof. Although Empire is lacking in luxury suites and other amenities, the sight lines and seating areas look fantastic on television and work great as a short-term home. We are proposing a similar situation for the Revolution, a temporary "summer" stadium in the city where Mr. Kraft can see what the response is to having the team closer to its fan base. So where would the stadium be located?
We took time over the course of the day to use the City of Boston's Global Information Systems (GIS) database to see what land is owned by the city in the metro area and was large enough to accommodate a stadium. Although both Boston Common and Storrow Drive Parks offer great landscapes for a stadium, there are too many special interests groups that have a say in what takes place in those areas. Frankly, a stadium would take away from those parks, not add to them. We pushed on to other parts of the city and that's when we stumbled upon the recent hot-bed for development, South Boston. In the last decade "Southie" has seen the addition of the massive convention center, a number of hotels, and new eateries along the piers. The area we are targeting for the temporary stadium is the parking lot directly behind the south end of the convention center, bordered by South Boston Bypass, Cypher, and Bullock Streets. The city owns the convention center and a number of the parking areas around it, so a deal could be stuck up with Mayor Menino to lease the space for the summer. There are additional aspects that support this location such as public transportation. The Broadway stop for the Red Line and the World Trade Center stop for the Silver Line are both within 5 blocks of the proposed stadium location. Both of those lines are one-stop from South Station which would allow for fans to take commuter lines into the city and then ride the "T" just one stop for the match; a lot easier than driving all the way out to Foxboro. Additionally, the convention center already has a dedicated substation for high voltage power to feed the needs of exhibitors, this could be tapped to power field lighting and scoreboards for the stadium. Lastly, even though public transportation is the big selling point of being in the metro area, the convention center has no less than a half a dozen large parking lots that would still be available for those wishing to drive in or tailgate. Also the close proximity of I-93 and I-90 make this location very friendly for those traveling by car, minus the typical Boston traffic of course. About the only negative of this location is it's proximity to Logan International Airport which could cause a similar situation to BMO Field in Toronto where the roar of aircraft can be heard during matches.
So that's our pitch to you Mr. Kraft (and Mr. Menino), what do you think? Although I doubt we will be hearing from the Revolution, we want to hear from you, especially our Boston followers. What do you think about the idea of a temporary stadium?