Two teams in the NWSL announced that they will be in new stadiums for the 2014 season. The Boston Breakers and FC Kansas City announced new deals that will create the largest stadium in the league while the other will moving to less capacity.
The Boston Breakers will be playing in 2014 at Harvard Stadium which currently houses the Harvard Crimson football team and lacrosse team. Boston’s 30,323 seat venue will be the largest stadium in the NWSL. The stadium regularly held upwards of 4,000 fans per game when Boston played there in the WPS from 2009- 2011.
The Breakers relocated to Dilboy Stadium two years ago, after the end of WPS.
“After selling out nine of our 11 games in 2013, we decided a bigger stadium was a must for 2014,” said Breakers general manager Lee Billiard.
Last season Boston was fifth in the NWSL in attendance averaging 2,427 fans per game.
The move is a downsizes in Kansas City’s seating capacity which was 6,150 at Shawnee Mission District Stadium,. Durwood Stadium currently provides seating for 850 people according to UMKC’s athletic website.
The stadium will be expanded to hold 3,200 thanks to a mix of temporary and permanent seating to try and keep fit the crowds. Last season Kansas City was second in NWSL in attendance averaging 4,626 fans per game.
FCKC deal with Verizon Wireless is still in effect and the new stadium will bare the previous title of Verizon Wireless Field.