Mayor Of Fall River, Mass., Lauds City As Ideal Location For MLS Revolution
Fall River, Mass., Mayor Will Flanagan is "hoping to convince" MLS Revolution Owner Robert Kraft "to move the team" to the city, according to Will Richmond of the Fall River HERALD NEWS. Flanagan on Tuesday issued a letter to Kraft "suggesting that Fall River be considered as the potential host" for a soccer stadium that would house the team. The letter "comes as reports have indicated that Kraft is considering building a 20,000 seat soccer stadium in Revere or Somerville." Flanagan in the letter suggests that Fall River's "large Portuguese population, along with the city’s residents love for both playing and watching the sport, should have Kraft considering moving the team 40 miles south of Foxboro as opposed to locating in the Boston suburbs." Flanagan also "pitches the ease of which visitors could access the city due to major highways such as Interstate 195 and Route 24 intersecting the city lines." Flanagan "declined to identify any potential sites for a stadium, but said that should Kraft be willing to consider Fall River he’d be prepared to present his group with a tour of locations, as well as present incentives for building in Fall River." Flanagan said that the "incentives would be worth the investment as the construction of a stadium would also help to create jobs" (Fall River HERALD NEWS, 10/17).