Sports stadiums aren’t always good investments for smaller cities, especially if they’re empty for much of the year. But when they attract the right team, they can be true civic assets. Placing a new stadium for the New England Revolution soccer team in Revere, on the grounds of the now-defunct Wonderland Greyhound Park, might be just that kind of opportunity.
Revere Mayor Dan Rizzo is discussing such a possibility with officials of the Revolution, which is owned by New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft. The land is controlled by Suffolk Downs, which is bidding for a casino-gambling license. If it succeeds, Suffolk Downs would have to make payments to Revere and Boston to mitigate the impact of gambling in the area, and Rizzo is eyeing Wonderland as part of the settlement.