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Boston Breakers will call Harvard Stadium home in 2014

Boston Breakers to play in Harvard Stadium
Boston Breakers to play in Harvard Stadium

January 7, the Boston Breakers announced that in 2014, the National Women's Soccer League (NWSL) team will play in 30,323-seat Harvard Stadium, the oldest stadium in the the United States.

Built in 1903, Harvard Stadium hosted Olympic soccer matches in 1984 and Olympic track and field trials in 1916 and 1920.

Increased attendance is the goal

The Breakers played at Harvard Stadium for three years (2009-2011) while competing in the now-defunct Women’s Professional Soccer (WPS). Averaging more than 4,000 fans a game at Harvard Stadium, the WPS Breakers drew their biggest crowd of 8,031 in 2009, versus the Los Angeles Sol.

The Breakers will play all 12 of their 2014 NWSL home games at Harvard Stadium, which is also home to the Boston Cannons of Major League Lacrosse. Harvard Stadium is located on 65 North Harvard St., in Allston, Mass., close to the Massachusetts Turnpike and within walking distance of public transport.

There's now increased parking at Harvard Stadium, and tailgating will be allowed in controlled areas at the stadium. Concessions will be expanded to provide more options and a bigger activity fan zone.

The Boston Breakers played the past two seasons at tiny Dilboy Stadium in Somerville, Mass, in WPSL Elite in 2012 and in the inaugural NWSL season in 2013. In 2013, the Breakers sold out nine of 11 games at Dilboy Stadium in Somerville, Mass, but due to location and seating, they averaged less than 2,500 fans a game.

"After selling out nine of our 11 games in 2013, we decided a bigger stadium was a must for 2014, " said Boston Breakers general manager Lee Billiard. "We want to grow as a business and provide our fanbase and players the best possible experience we can on game days.”

Season tickets for the Breakers 2014 season are on sale now and can be purchased by visiting the Breakers' website or by calling 617-945-1704.

Fans who have already purchased a 2014 season ticket will be contacted by the Boston Breakers account executives regarding seating placement and priority numbers.


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