(Jan. 7, 2014) -The Boston Breakers announced today they will have a new venue, returning to Harvard Stadium, a place they called home for three years in Women’s Professional Soccer (WPS). The Breakers will play all 12 of their National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) home games at Harvard Stadium in 2014.
“We are in a good place, which allows us to move to a bigger venue and continue to grow our fan base,” Boston Breakers general manager Lee Billiard said. “Harvard Stadium is a facility we are very familiar with, and a facility that is fantastic to host a sporting event. We are grateful to Harvard for welcoming us back and allowing us to call their amazing facility ‘home.’ After selling out nine of our 11 games in 2013, we decided a bigger stadium was a must for 2014. We want to grow as a business and provide our fanbase and players the best possible experience we can on game days.”
The Breakers played the past two seasons at Dilboy Stadium in Somerville, Mass.
“I would like to thank the City of Somerville, Mayor Joe Curtatone and his staff, as well as James Holloran and his staff at Dilboy Stadium for welcoming us into the city and working with us to provide a home venue these past two years,” Billiard said.
The historic, Coliseum replica 30,323-seat Harvard Stadium sits on the banks of the Charles River in Allston, Mass. and has played host to a number of major events in addition to Harvard University’s football, lacrosse, field hockey teams. Built in 1903, Harvard Stadium hosted Olympic soccer matches in 1984 and Olympic track and field trials in 1916 and 1920. The Breakers played at Harvard from 2009 through 2011 over the course of three WPS seasons.
Averaging more than 4,000 fans a game, one of the highest attendances for three consecutive WPS seasons, the Breakers drew their highest crowd of 8,031 on May 2, 2009, against the Los Angeles Sol.
The Breakers final game at Harvard Stadium during WPS came on Aug. 14, 2011, a 2-0 win over Sky Blue FC in front of 4,289 fans. The victory sent the Breakers to the WPS playoffs for the second straight season. Lauren Holiday (formerly Cheney) scored both goals for the Breakers, including the fastest in WPS history, just 14 seconds into the game. Current Breaker Meghan Klingenberg set up Cheney’s second goal of the game. In three seasons at Harvard Stadium, the Breakers posted a 13-12-6 record.
“I am very excited for the 2014 season,” Billiard said. “It would be great to see all the amazing supporters we have had over the years really come out in force this coming season. The hope is we can increase the attendances we had in 2013, and the support for our team continues to grow and grow. I ask fans to show their support, purchase season tickets, and attend as many games as possible. We really want to pack this place and break some organization attendance records.”
Harvard Stadium is one of only four stadiums in the country recognized as a National Historic Landmark and is the oldest stadium in the nation. The stadium is a horseshoe, containing architectural elements of a Greek stadium and Roman circus and is considered an engineering marvel. It is praised for its outstanding sightlines for fans and provides the feel and atmosphere of a major stadium.
In 2006, it underwent a major renovation with the addition of a new FieldTurf playing surface, permanent lighting, and a removable all-weather bubble, which allows for year-round use of the stadium. It is also currently home to the Boston Cannons of Major League Lacrosse.
Harvard Stadium is located on 65 North Harvard St., in Allston, Mass., just a short drive off the Massachusetts Turnpike and within walking distance from public transport.
There is a significant increase in parking at Harvard Stadium, and all vehicles will be able to park on site. Tailgating will be allowed in controlled areas at the stadium. Concessions will be expanded to provide more options and a bigger activity fan zone, including a larger autograph alley, will be part of the new scenery at Harvard Stadium.
Season tickets for the 2014 season are on sale now and can be purchased by visiting www.breakerstickets.com or by calling 617-945-1704. Single-game tickets go on sale once the NWSL releases its game schedule, which is expected in February. Due to the expansion in capacity, the Breakers have added additional season and game-day ticketing options.
Fans who have already purchased a 2014 season ticket will be contacted by the Boston Breakers account executives regarding seating placement and priority numbers within the next 48 hours.