Representatives for Robert Kraft have been in contact with Revere Mayor Daniel Rizzo about building a stadium for the New England Revolution, according to a report in the Lynn, Mass. Daily Item.
Rizzo is working on plan for the 26-acre Wonderland Greyhound Park which was shut down on August 19, 2010; shortly after the state-wide ban on dog racing went into effect. Rizzo is exploring the potential of a satellite college campus with private businesses surrounding it, an arts and cultural center or possibly a stadium for the New England Revolution.
Rizzo told the Daily Item that he had been e-mailing back and forth with Kraft representatives about the idea, but that talks had just been “informative at this point.” Wonderland’s owners have partnered with Suffolk Downs in an attempt to build one of Massachusetts first casinos, but according to Suffolk Chief Operating Officer Chip Tuttle, Suffolk has a commitment with Revere officials to not develop the casino at Wonderland.
Suffolk is expected take ownership of Wonderland within the next few weeks. Tuttle told the Daily Item that any plans for site will consider views of local officials and residents.
Wonderland Greyhound Park is located directly across from the Wonderland MBTA station on the Blue Line. Wonderland is the northern-most stop on the Blue Line, which extends to Bowdoin station near Beacon Hill in Boston. Travel time from Government Center to Wonderland is approximately 21 minutes and there are plans to extend the line to Lynn.