New England Soccer Today

Fall River Mayor: City ‘Ideal’ Location for Revs

Add Fall River to the list of cities in the Commonwealth hoping to someday host the New England Revolution.

According to a report from South Coast Today, Mayor William A. Flanagan issued a letter to club owner Robert Kraft, stating that the city is an ‘ideal’ location for the MLS franchise.

“It has come to our attention that you are looking for a new location to build a stadium for the New England Revolution. In that light I wanted to bring your attention to the City of Fall River,” Flanagan said in the letter.

Flanagan also asserted that the city, which sits 53 miles south of Boston, has a built-in passion for soccer given the high-concentration of residents with Portuguese ancestry.

“With a largely Portuguese population, soccer is a heavily watched and played sport in our City,” he said. “We also have one of the largest community colleges in the state as well as a University of Massachusetts satellite campus.”

Flanagan did not provide specifics for building a soccer specific stadium, but did say that the the city has “a number of locations…that would be ideal for a stadium.”

Another incentive cited by Flanagan in his letter is traffic access. Route I-195 runs through the heart of the city and connects with Route I-95 and Route 24.  However, the city is not connected via subway or even commuter rail, unlike Revere and Somerville, two other cities interested in hosting the Revolution.

Fall River has a rich soccer tradition dating back to the late-1800s. The Fall River Marksmen, Ponta Delgada and the Fall River Rovers were among the best clubs in the country during the  first half of the 20th century.

The city currently serves as the home base for the Ligas Unidas Soccer Association, a 10-team league that resides in the fifth division of the American soccer pyramid.

Print Friendly

11 Comments

  1. Chris B

    October 16, 2012 at 5:03 pm

    PASS

  2. Jim

    October 16, 2012 at 5:16 pm

    I agree with Chris B. this is a worse option than Providence.

    Although Fall River, pronounced “Fall-Reev”, does have a large Portuguese population (as does the entirety of southern new England) the Portuguese have proven that they aren’t going to leave their clubs to watch MLS. benfica, Porto, sporting, or bust.

    There is also no room for growth… No major market potential, and no “young urbanites with disposable income who think they own the world” as Kraft said before the Seattle Pats game. Completely the wrong idea.

    That being said, where the hell was this interest in a Revs stadium for the past 5 years since the first Somerville rumors?

    Fall River did have some cool teams that won the US open cup way way back, though.

  3. Brian O'Connell

    October 16, 2012 at 10:58 pm

    I’ve also heard it pronounced “Fall Reevsh,” at least among my fellow Portuguese. I hate to admit it because, well, it’s only a 15 min. drive for me, and I have a lot of friends who live there, but you guys are right: the city just doesn’t have a ton to offer for a Revs stadium. Sad, but true.

    • Jim Downing

      October 17, 2012 at 8:09 am

      Ah yes, “Fall Reevsh” similar to “New Beyj” right next door! I suppose it depends on what part of the Azores your ancestors are from.

      I think ABU makes a good point below – during the industrial prime of the city, I’m sure the immigrant working-class population would have sustained and appreciated a soccer team, although, even if that was still the case, fan support doesn’t necessarily translate into financial success.

  4. ABU

    October 16, 2012 at 11:23 pm

    If the Revs actually knew how to market to the Portuguese population then you’d probably see a lot more at the games. That being said you still have a showing at the games even after many of the blunders that have happened.

    Fall River is not a good option for a stadium. At one time it was, but that was back in 1930 or 1960, not today.

  5. Kevin O'Hara

    October 17, 2012 at 8:18 am

    Lambert? Or Flanagan? Or both?

  6. olujosh

    October 17, 2012 at 1:33 pm

    Bad idea, it’s Frisco all over again, but I think most fans would agree anything is better than Gillette

  7. Nelson

    October 17, 2012 at 1:43 pm

    mr major u didnt want casino in city now u want revs home here on our own back yard . bad idea casinos will bring more jobs to our city .

  8. jerichowhiskey

    October 17, 2012 at 1:56 pm

    Meh, this would be just about the same time it takes to go to Patriot Place from New York City.

  9. Robert

    October 17, 2012 at 4:10 pm

    If Fall River River is an option, then how about Ludlow, which also has a large Portuguese population, and is home to the Western Mass Pioneers. That is only a 15 minute drive for me. Mr. Kraft?

Leave a Reply