Rotch Playground may soon have new neighbor

by Samuel Evers / Beacon Staff • December 3, 2014

Emerson men’s and women’s soccer teams may be overshadowed by a professional team within the next five years.

The New England Revolution and its owners, who have been mulling a location for a new stadium for years, have expressed serious interest in a city-owned parking strip in South Boston, according to the Boston Globe. The land, on Frontage Road, is directly adjacent to Rotch Playground, where the Lions play.

“Having the stadium near us would be really cool,” said Elias Romanos, a sophomore midfielder on the men’s soccer team. “It would boost their attendance, and hopefully ours.”

Though nothing is official yet, and many places in the Boston area have been unsuccessfully pinpointed as a possible stadium destination in the past, sources close to New England Patriots and Revolution owner Robert Kraft told the Globe that Kraft is pushing for the stadium to built within five years. 

“Obviously, it would be really cool for Emerson to be playing in the [Revolution’s] backyard,” said Patrick Lowndes, a senior and former captain of the men’s soccer team. “It would bring a lot of buzz to the area and probably soccer in general.”

If the South Boston stadium opens in 2019, the freshman class in 2016 would be seniors for its inaugural season.