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Should Rhode Island throw its hat into the ring as a potential home for the New England Revolution, if the soccer team leaves Foxboro?

Posted 10/22/12

Fall River Mayor William A. Flanagan recently sent a letter to New England Revolution owner Robert Kraft, inviting him to tour the city as he searches for a new home for the soccer team. According to numerous media reports, Flanagan cited the city’s soccer culture and highway access as major selling points in its favor.

Other Massachusetts communities, including Revere, have also expressed interest in becoming the new home of the Revolution, if Kraft decides to leave Foxboro.

But what about Rhode Island? The state has many of the same selling points as Fall River and certainly could use the jobs, both temporary during construction of a new stadium and permanent ones when it is in use.

Should Rhode Island shoot to host the team or would the state be out of its league trying to host another professional sports team?

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Let Kraft build his stadium wherever he likes. But no public money should be spent to build a stadium as there are numerous studies [1] which clearly show that public money is not necessary for a stadium to be financially viable.

[1] “Do New Major League Ballparks Pay for Themselves?” Marc Poitras, Lawrence Hadley. The Journal of Business 79(5), September 2006, 2275-99.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012 | Report this

Why build a stadium? Can't they use the stadium at URI, Bryant or Brown? Maybe those universities could earn money from the deal, and stop increasing their tuition at a record pace each year?

Wednesday, October 24, 2012 | Report this
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