Soccer may be overlooked here in the United States, but the New England Revolution are one of the best tickets in town.
The New England Revolution’s 7 game unbeaten streak ended on Saturday night, but they did win something, a new fan in yours truly.
With World Cup fever taking over, I decided to buy some tickets for Saturday’s game against the LA Galaxy. Now part of the reason was the chance to see Zlatan Ibrahimovic. The guy is a soccer legend, but sadly he did not travel with the team.
So what did fans get instead? An amazing game of soccer.
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So if you have a case of World Cup fever, or are just a soccer fan looking for a club to call home, here are some observations from my first Revolution game.
Let’s start off with one of the most important factors, price. Tickets for behind the net were $30. That is a bargain. The only team coming close to that type of deal is the Boston Red Sox.
Parking by the stadium was free. You heard me right. It cost us nothing to park by the stadium. That would set you back at least $30 for all the other professional teams in town.
Now as you make your way to the entrance into the stadium there is a fan zone set up with a ton of tents, and activities. Now my favorite had to be the Continental tent that was giving out free Revolution Scarfs.
There is no quicker way to gain my allegiance than by giving me free stuff. This would be the equivalent of giving away a free New Era Red Sox hat or a Bruins winter hat.
Once in the stadium
With a scarf around my neck, I entered into Gillette Stadium and was kind of stunned by the number of people. The place was pretty packed. Watching the players enter the stadium, and the Midnight Riders going ballistic was an amazing sight.
It seems like no matter where you are in the stadium you have a great sightline. There is truly not a bad seat in the house.
So the game started and the crowd was rocking.
Now soccer may seem long because of the lack of commercials and breaks in the action, but the game blew by. Also, the game is known for diving, but it was surprisingly physical. After being fouled by Galaxy striker Romain Alessandrini, Revolution midfielder Cristian Penilla was none too pleased. Penilla kicked Alessandrini’s and he got a red card. The Revs were down a man.
It was my first game and I had already learned that just like all referees, soccer ones stink too.
The Revolution played 90 minutes with the lead, but the game doesn’t end there. In extra time the Galaxy scored two goals to steal the game from the Revolution.
It was a disappointing result, but one hell of a game.
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An overall great experience
Going to a New England Revolution game was an absolute blast. The crowd was great and the game was even better.
The only bad thing about the night was that the Revs were unable to secure the win. That would have been the cherry on top.
So I urge you, go to a New England Revolution game. I promise you won’t regret it.