The New England Revolution are finding new and interesting ways to draw fans to the club's soccer matches.
The latest bid to get fans into Gillette Stadium seats is a boxing match doubled up with the team's Aug. 12 game against the Montreal Impact. It'll be the first-ever boxing match at Gillette Stadium and will feature Revolution fan Danny O'Connor in the main event.
O'Connor's opponent will be announced later.
The three-card boxing event will begin immediately after the soccer match, around 9 p.m.
"We're excited to host the first-ever professional boxing match at Gillette Stadium and even more excited to have proud Revs fan and Framingham's own Danny O'Connor headlining the card,” said Revolution President Brian Bilello in a press release. “This will be a unique event that will add value for our fans. We think we’ll convert some boxing fans to Revolution soccer and vice versa."
O'Connor is 17-1 and was an alternate for the 2008 US Olympic boxing team. He's managed by Ken Casey of the Dropkick Murphys.
Boston Police officer and former New England Golden Gloves champion Bill Traft is also fighting. He'll take on John Downey, a mixed martial arts fighter out of Hull. The boxers for the third fight will be determined later.
Tickets will become available Friday via Ticketmaster. Ringside seats will be on the grass and cost $100. The ring will be located in the south end zone. Premium seats will be $60 and general admission near the ring will be $40, all including the Revs game.
Revs season ticket holders are being encouraged to stay to watch the fights.
The main contributors to The Buzz are:
- Steve Silva, Boston.com senior sports producer
- Gary Dzen, Boston.com senior sports producer
- Zuri Berry, Boston.com sports producer