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Revolution Stadium Effort "All But Dead" As Teacher Union Won't Budge On Land

Kraft doesn't want to build a stadium if he feels he's being ripped off
The effort to build an MLS stadium for the Revolution in Dorchester is "all but dead” after more than a year of discussions, according to Shirley Leung of the BOSTON GLOBE. The finger-pointing “has begun,” and if the effort “goes away, blame the Boston Teachers Union.” At issue are the 2.7 acres the union owns on the site where Revolution Owner Robert Kraft "would like to put his sports venue.” The union is “asking for a deal that Kraft ... thinks is too rich.” Kraft “needs about 10 acres for his stadium, and much of that would come from UMass.” But the stadium “doesn’t work without Kraft taking over the adjacent property, too.” That is where the union “has had its headquarters for four decades.” To help reach an agreement, Boston Mayor Martin Walsh “offered many sites for a new union home.” The union “recently asked” for at least $17.5M in cash. Sources said that the union also “wants Kraft to pick up costs related to relocating and rebuilding, bringing the total package” to nearly $30M. Kraft “wants a soccer stadium in Boston, but not if it feels like he’s being ripped off.” He “seems ready to move on.” Leung writes the deal dying "would be a shame because a stadium would have helped accelerate the revitalization of Columbia Point” (BOSTON GLOBE, 1/11).
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