Robert Kraft—CEO of Kraft Group and owner of the New England Patriots—is eying a 43-acre site in Everett, Massachusetts to build a new home for the New England Revolution, the region’s professional men’s soccer team. Everett is its own separate city across from Boston on the Mystic River.
The location Kraft Group has selected is a shuttered power plant, the Mystic Generating Station, and is currently owned by casino mogul Steve Wynn who bought the site for $25 million from its previous owner, Constellation Energy, earlier this year. It also abuts Wynn’s newest project, Encore Boston Harbor, a $2.6 billion casino that opened in 2019.
This week, the Massachusetts state legislature will vote whether or not the Mystic Generating Station site should be rezoned from an industrial to stadium use. The site is presently categorized as a Designated Port Area (DPA). Everett Mayor Carlo DeMaria backs the rezoning; his administration has been trying to transform the industrial area along the Mystic River into a “vibrant dining and entertainment district anchored by the Encore” for years.
The New England Revolution currently play at Gillette Stadium, roughly 30 miles outside Boston, which they’ve share with the New England Patriots since 2002. The distance from downtown Boston has deterred fans from going for decades. In total, the Revolution have roughly 23,000 fans attend each game, ranking eighth in MLS attendance. By comparison, Atlanta United FC sits at first place and enjoys over 47,000 fans per game at its central Atlanta locale, Mercedes-Benz Stadium.
Since 2010, Kraft Group has explored several locations in the greater Boston area to help boost attendance. These include failed sites in Dorchester at the Bay Side Expo Center, a proposition that was dropped in 2017. Mayor Martin Walsh also floated the idea of building a stadium above an existing rail yard just below Boston’s South Station which never gained traction.
The announcement comes amid a rising wave in soccer’s popularity among Bostonians. Earlier this year, Boston was selected as one of several host cities for the 2026 FIFA World Cup. In Dorchester, as reported by AN, Stantec is redesigning an existing 20th-century stadium to host a new professional women’s team which is set for completion in March 2026, just before the FIFA World Cup begins.