One of the founding members of Major League Soccer, the New England Revolution have grown since 1994 to become one of the most recognizable teams in the entire league. After surviving the early struggles of the league, the Revs have grown to thrive in the ever-expanding MLS and have made a name for themselves with success and internationally recognized star players. The team is owned by businessman Robert Kraft along with his son Jonathan Kraft, and are named the “Revolution” in honor of the significance of the region in the American Revolution. The team has played their entire history in Foxborough, first at Foxboro Stadium and now at Gillette Stadium, one of the nicest venues in the entire world.
The Revolution have been one of the more successful professional soccer teams that fans in North America have seen. The team made five appearances in the MLS Cup from 2002-2014, which serves as the championship game in Major League Soccer. In 2007, the team won the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, which is the world’s third-longest running soccer tournament and features 91 teams from three leagues in the United States (MLS, NASL, USL). In 2008, the Revs won the North American SuperLiga, which was a tournament between the MLS and Liga MX of Mexico. The success of the team as whole has been mirrored by the individual awards that players have claimed over the years:
2005: Taylor Twellman
2002: Taylor Twellman
2004: Pat Noonan
2005: Taylor Twellman
Coach of the Year
2002: Steve Nicol
2004: Clint Dempsey
2005: Michael Parkhurst
Defender of the Year
2007: Michael Parkhurst
2013: Jose Goncalves
Comeback of the Year
2010: Bobby Convey
The Revolution Charitable Foundation supports local partners and initiatives involved with childhood cancer awareness, concussion awareness, military and first responders and many others. The Foundation has a partnership with America SCORES Boston called Revs Score, America SCORES, in which the Foundation donates $100 for every Revolution goal scored at Gillette Stadium to America SCORES Boston. The team sponsors a Bowl for a Goal night at Patriot Place, where all proceeds benefit the Special Olympics Massachusetts. The team’s Charitable Drive Series gives fans the opportunity to donate products at various home games during the season, including canned goods, soccer equipment, school supplies or party supplies. Fans will typically receive an award for bringing these things to the matches. During most home matches, the team honors a Hero of the Match, which highlights the service of a local first responder, member of the armed services or individual making a difference in the community. Each honoree receives six Putnam Club seats and six pre-game field passes. The Foundation has also partnered with Dana-Farber to create the Kick for Dana-Farber program where teams can sign up and raise money for Dana-Farber and in turn win prizes such as tickets to matches, on-field experiences and clinics if your team can raise a certain amounts of money.
The Revolution Academy includes a multitude of Youth Teams, Player Development Programs and Revolution Training Center. The Revolution sponsor five academy teams in different levels of development: U-13, U-14, U-16, U-18 and U-23. The academy also sponsors The U-12 Alliance with Bayside FC, NEFC and Valeo FC, which provides players for the regions top players and a defined path to the New England Revolution Academy. The Player Development Programs include camps across New England at various levels and positions in the sport of soccer. Goalkeeper Academy, Field Player Academy, Taylor Twellman Goal Scoring School, High School Academy, Elite Programs and Town Association programs are just a few of the annual camps and programs that the Revolution sponsor every year. The Revolution Academy also sponsors the Revolution Training Center, which is an invitation only player development program, put on by the coaches in the Revolution Academy for the region’s top players ages 10-15.
The Revolution play at Gillette Stadium, which is larger than every other MLS stadium, so they always have plenty of tickets available, and a variety of ways for fans to purchase. To compliment walk-up tickets the day of the game, the Revs have implemented lots of packages so that fans can find the seats and games that work best for them. These packages include: Season-Tickets, Multi-Game Tickets, Single-Game Tickets, Group Tickets, Birthday Blast, Special Offers, with all fans able to manage tickets through their Account Manager. Fans should purchase tickets in advance to save money. The cheapest tickets at the box office on match-days will be around $31, while fans can find seats for as low as $24 if purchased online before the game. The team offers club seating in the Putnam Club as well as the “Supporters Section” aka “The Fort”, where fans will stand for the duration of the game much like a European match.
The Revolution have a MatchDay App that can be downloaded on the App Store and Google Play with Android. The app includes video, social and written content following the team during every step of their season and off-season. Fans can manage their ticket accounts through the app, can tweet from the app and receive newsletter updates as well as news and video interface. Fans are also able to purchase Seat Upgrades through the app, a program which has become extremely popular over the years. The upgrades occur when a fan has a ticket to the game, and can purchase an upgrade to a better seat in Gillette Stadium without purchasing an entire new ticket, hence saving some money while getting a better experience at the game.
The Revolution have regional media deals in the New England area and often has games broadcast nationally as a part the MLS’s national television partnerships. Locally, all games are aired live on 98.5 The SportsHub as well as on the web. The Revs and the SportsHub have been partners since 2013, with all games followed by a post-game show with Rob Poole and Revs legend Shalrie Joseph. The team has a regional television deal with CSN New England, who broadcasts all non-nationally televised games in high-definition. CSN-NE also airs post-game highlights and analysis and interviews on Postgame Live. The station also airs a bi-weekly show called “State of the Revs” which is hosted by Ethan Zohn, giving you plenty of ways to consume the Revs and watch the matches.