GILLETTE STADIUM


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Address: 1 Patriot Place
               Foxborough, MA 02035

Home of: New England Patriots (NFL)
              New England Revolution (MLS)

Date opened: September 9, 2002

Capacity: 68,756

Cost: $325 million

 

Gillette Stadium, named after the facial care company, is the home of the National Football League’s New England Patriots and Major League Soccer’s New England Revolution. Located at 1 Patriot Place , Foxborough, MA 02035, Gillette Stadium can hold a capacity crowd of around 68,000 people with the vast majority of seats resting along the sidelines. There are over 80 luxury suites that can hold between 16 and 36 people and an additional 6,000 club level seats for fans to choose from, and each seat is 21 inches wide with arm rests and cup holders. The playing surface is natural grass and the stadium took just under two years to complete. The old stadium, Foxboro Stadium, didn’t have the capacity or features to keep up with the newer stadiums being built around the nation, and Patriots owner Robert Kraft proposed the idea to the city in the late 1990s. The stadium cost $325 million, but tax payers didn’t have to worry because Kraft was covering the entire construction cost, a sign that he really cared about the team, the fans, and the city. Of course, above all else, Kraft wanted to put a winning product into the new stadium.

Originally, the naming rights were sold to CMGI Investments for $120 million over 15 years, but after CMGI Investments went under by the dot.com bust, the rights were sold to Gillette. The first game at Gillette Stadium was played on September 9, 2002. The stadium is equipped with two jumbo video boards behind each end zone and also features a 120,000 square foot lounge that is used during the Patriots season and in the off-season. There are also 46 concession stands and 15 merchandise stands located throughout Gillette Stadium. To add a sense of the New England lifestyle to the stadium, a lighthouse motif and bridge were constructed on the North Portal Plaza where many fans enter the stadium on game days. Gillette Stadium isn’t just a football and soccer stadium either. In its two years since opening, its hosted numerous big name concerts and other important city events.

 

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