Orlando City begins their four game road swing this weekend when they travel to the Northeast to take on Eastern Conference foe, the New England Revolution. While the Revs take residency in Foxborough, Massachusetts I recommend traveling 22 miles North to Boston or 18 miles south to Providence, Rhode Island
Gillette Stadium may be known for housing the New England Patriots, but this is also the home of the Revolution. With a capacity of 68,756 Gillette has hosted a number of high-profile matches including: CONCACAF Gold Cups, Men’s and Women’s national team games and international club friendlies.
The Revs have three supporters groups: The Midnight Riders, The Rebellion and La Barra and they all sit in what is known as ‘The Fort’ aka sections 141-143.
Directions from Boston:
Interstate 93 South (S.E. Expressway) to Interstate 95 South; Take Interstate 95 South to Exit 9 (Wrentham) onto Route 1 South. Follow Route 1 South approximately 3 miles to Gillette Stadium (on the left).
Things To Do
The grounds of Boston Common started as a cow pasture in the mid-1600s. After a few years, overgrazing became a problem and the area was transformed into a British camp. After the Revolutionary War, the park became a popular locale for public speeches and rallies. Now, the Common is best known because of its status as the oldest public park in the country. You'll also find a variety of activities and events, including theater and musical performances, hosted here throughout the year.
DePasquale Plaza (Providence, RI)
Be transported to Italy when you pay a visit to the DePasquale Plaza. Stroll past the fountain where children throw coins and wish to return. Enjoy multiple restaurants with Italian flare. Buy prepared food from Venda Ravioli, eat at Costintino's, stay over at Dolce Vita or pick out a fresh live chicken for the butcher to prepare. DePasquale Plaza has it all.
You have to plan on visiting at least some of the same sites you would if you were chaperoning an 8th-grade civics class. You are, after all, in Boston, the City on the Hill, the Cradle of Liberty, and so on and so forth, thus there's no point or pride in avoiding historic landmarks. The Freedom Trail is a 2.5-mile stretch hosting 16 sites pertaining to the Revolutionary War. You could take a costumed guided tour, or more appealingly, download a map and follow your own itinerary.
Bars and Restaurants
You can’t make a visit to Boston without eating a Boston Cream Pie. As the name suggests, Flour Bakery are pros when it comes to baking and rising delicious cakes. Their renowned pastry chef makes an incredible Boston cream pie, one of their best sellers. Buy a piece by the slice, or go with your gut and buy a full cake in a variety of sizes. The sponge cake is soaked in coffee, filled with vanilla cream, and topped with chocolate ganache. Flour has eight locations around Boston and Cambridge!
While there are only a few weeks of summer left in the Northeast enjoy the rooftop bar scene while you can by paying a visit to Lookout. Boston Harbor and skyline views, snacks like bacon and roasted corn flatbread, refreshing cocktails made with locally produced spirits and an exclusive-yet-chill vibe. Reservations are recommended.
According to experts, Neptune’s lobster roll reigns supreme throughout New England, but you need to taste it for yourself. The hot butter option is the way to go and it has tail, claw and knuckle meat loaded onto a toasted brioche bun.
This super-old-school pub is chock-full of patriotic Irish swag and features live music every single night. The food is on the pricier side, but it’s worth it to sit by a fireplace and devour some Guinness beef stew while your friends misguidedly sing “Sweet Caroline” for the 18th time. Besides, you can always drag them back in the morning for an Irish breakfast.