As South Boston residents get over the shock of Fright Island, it was announced on Tuesday that Bob Kraft and the New England Revolution are in negotiations to potentially build a new stadium at the old Bay Side Expo. Don’t know where the old Bay Side Expo was? Well, it’s behind the State Police Barracks near Day Blvd. near the circle of hell that is know as Kosciuszko Circle.
According to the Boston Globe, Kraft has begun talks with the University of Massachusetts – who owns the property – to discuss the possibility to build a new stadium. The stadium venue would have to accommodate 20,000 to 25,000 people.
Here are our concerns. Traffic. It’s a gridlocked nightmare at the rotary and there has been no effort to fix it. Supporters of the stadium suggest that maybe people will take the MBTA – another entity that is also in desperate need of repair. (We also think that’s wishful thinking. Most people will drive.)
As for who will pick up the tab on all these upgrades, it is unclear. We have a feeling we know who will – the taxpayers. Another concern? You know it’s not just gonna be soccer games at the Revolution Stadium. We’ll bet there will be concerts, festivals and more. No diggity. No doubt. This area can’t take anymore congestion. It’s a bad idea.
We realize this is just the beginning of discussions and we will keep an open mind. But we are realists. The same issue with the Boston 2024 bid as still looming. Boston needs major upgrades in its transportation system as well as infrastructure. Until we start investing in these issues, our city is just stuck. Just like we’ll be at Kosciuszko Circle when there’s a Revs game in town.