The group working to bring a women's professional soccer team to Boston will soon file detailed renovation plans for turning the dilapidated White Stadium into a state-of-the-art soccer arena to be shared with Boston Public Schools and the general public - to be opened in time for the start of the 2026 National Women's Soccer League season.
In a "letter of intent" filed with the BPDA this week, Boston Unity Soccer Partners says part of its plans will include new 14,000-square-foot structures in the "Grove area" next to the stadium that will include a restaurant and bar, along with an area to sell souvenirs and related items and an area for "open space community activities."
The new Grove-area facilities will be open year round, the group says, in part for use in public events.
Under an agreement with the city, which owns the stadium, the group and the city will split renovations to the stadium itself. Boston Unity says it will extensively renovate and remodel the grandstand on the west side of the stadium to include not just seating areas but player locker rooms, food preparation and sales areas, a concourse and an area for the media.
In addition to the restaurant, the Grove area will also get a video scoreboard.
The city Public Facilities Department:
Will be providing the soccer playing field and the athletic track and field areas; re-constructing the East Grandstand (and its spectator viewing areas; concourse; lavatories; locker-rooms; office/administrative areas; storage and other related facilities); and rehabilitating certain other areas and facilities on the White Stadium Parcel on behalf of the City.
White Stadium filings and meeting schedule.
Roxbury, Jamaica Plain residents want assurances their streets won't be clogged by suburbanites driving into town to see women's soccer at White Stadium