Revolution soccer tickets may not be in the highest demand this season, or the last few seasons for that matter, but boxing? Really?
The boxing match will take place on August 12th, following the Revolution home game against the Montreal Impact at 7pm. It is evident that many marketing ploys and ticket giveaways occur frequently at Gillette Stadium to boost soccer sales, but adding another sport to the main event is ridiculous. This decision takes away from the soccer match if anything, and it is hard to imagine too many fans will stay late for boxing on a Sunday night. The organization believes bringing a local boxing star in Danny O’Connor will capture some new Revs fans.
Revolution president Brian Bilello said, “This will be a unique event that will add value for our fans. We think we’ll convert some boxing fans to Revolution soccer and vice versa.”
Hosting this boxing event looks more like an act of desperation than a ‘unique event that will add value to our fans’. If the fans need an added value, it sure as hell does not come from other distractions at Gillette Stadium. Like any fan base in any sport, the fans want to be entertained and more importantly, they want their team to win.
The added value should be a new signing, possibly a big name goal scorer or someone who the fans can idolize and cheer on. Trading away captain and fan favorite Shalrie Joseph last week does not help the situation, but it makes the fan wonder ‘Who WILL the Revs sign next?’
Joseph’s absence opens up about $500,000 in cap room, and New England is still holding Diego Fagundez in their back pocket. Despite some speculation, starting Diego with some consistency would not only give the the 17-year-old a shot to prove his starting ability, but it would attract plenty of the younger Revolution fans as well. Ticket and concession sales can only fall more if something is not done by next season. With just 12 games left, the Revolution must make a brash move soon to capture a playoff spot this season, or at least gear up for the next.
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