New England Revolution Looks to Draw College Crowd
Published: Wednesday, September 25, 2013
Updated: Wednesday, September 25, 2013 23:09
The New England Revolution will face the Houston Dynamo on Saturday night and are hoping to attract college students from the Boston area by holding a special event.
College Night at Gillette Stadium is set to take place this weekend, and the Revolution are sending buses to Cityside in Brighton and Stadium Sports Bar at Faneuil Hall. Tickets are discounted at $15 per college student.
Access to the stadium is a huge part of the club’s outreach to college kids who find it difficult to attend the Revolution’s matches. With Gillette Stadium buried in southeastern Massachusetts’s interior, a trip to the stadium without a car requires a supporter from Boston College to take the subway to South Station, before hopping a relatively expensive commuter rail ride to the south shore. An even costlier taxi ride ensues, and that is just for getting to the match.
After the buses arrive, students will be offered a complimentary, college-themed pre-game tailgate for those who come out. Life Is Good will also appear with their giant Jenga set and an inflatable arena with a shot radar to test the speed of your rip. Comcast SportsNet’s instant photo printer will be there as well, while the RevGirls, the team’s cheerleaders, will be picking out students representing their schools’ colors to participate in on-field halftime activities. The evening will also feature a DJ from Brown University, while FIFA 14 will be played on an Xbox console. College Night will feature a cornhole tournament sponsored by Boston Cornhole.
In addition, attendees may get the opportunity to catch a glimpse of former BC Eagle Charlie Davies. Now 27, Davies has returned home, after venturing to Denmark where he is owned by Randers FC. The Danish outfit loaned Davies to the Revolution over the summer, after he failed to score a first team goal with the club last season. It is the hope of both clubs that the forward finds rebirth in MLS as he did in 2011, when he joined DC United for a season.
Davies has struggled to find consistent form since suffering life-threatening injuries in a 2009 car crash. The striker miraculously recovered to play professionally. During his stint with the Revolution, he hopes to get the young team into Major League Soccer’s playoffs.
“I’m very excited to have the support from BC and I’m looking forward to it,” Davies said, who owns BC’s single-season scoring record having put away 15 in 2006.
He will see the turnout from BC students, as attendees are encouraged to wear their school’s colors.
Since coming to the Revolution, Davies is yet to start, but has been going through extra paces after practice. Last Thursday, the forward stayed late to take additional shots from distance, as he looks for a place in the team’s starting 11.
This Saturday’s fixture is a massive test for the Foxboro squad, who claim the Eastern Conference’s final playoff spot by a point. The Dynamo sit three points and one place above their weekend host. With only five games to separate themselves from teams like the Dynamo, the College Night match may prove decisive in the race for the playoffs.
Davies wants everybody at the match come Saturday.
“It’s only $15 tickets and there’ll be a huge tailgate with a DJ, food, and of course cornhole games for all those people in the Mods that love cornhole,” Davies said. “I know they’ll be excited for that.”