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New England Patriots - Gillette Stadium

New England Patriots - Gillette Stadium
Address: One Patriot Place
Foxborough, MA 02035
Gillette Stadium
Name: Gillette Stadium
Home Team: New England Patriots
Capacity: 68,756
Playing Surface: Grass
Year Opened: 2002

After two decades at Foxboro Stadium, Gillette Stadium is a major upgrade from the Patriots former home. In the mid to late 1990’s, Patriots owner Robert Kraft proposed the idea for a new stadium. The Patriots needed a new stadium because Foxboro Stadium had fewer amenities and seats than newer stadiums had. After several bonds were not passed, Kraft decided to use his own money to build the Patriots a new stadium. Construction on the Patriots new stadium began in early 2000. Like many other NFL teams, the Patriots sold the naming rights to the stadium. Originally, CMGI Investments purchased the naming rights. However, in August 2002, the Gillette Company bought the naming rights to the stadium after CMGI Investments underwent financial failures.

The New England Patriots played their first game at Gillette Stadium on September 9, 2002. Gillette Stadium is a vast improvement over Foxboro Stadium. The stadium has around 68,000 seats, with the majority on both sidelines. Gillette Stadium consists of three seating decks. The lower section of seats nearly enclose the field, while the club and upper levels of seating are on both sides of the gridiron. All of the seats are angled toward the 50 yard line giving fans an excellent view of the game. Gillette Stadium has 80 luxury suites, and over 6,000 club seats.

Two massive video/scoreboards are located beyond both endzones. Gillette Stadium also has a 120,000 square foot Patriots Club lounge that is used year-around. Bringing a New England feel to the game is a lighthouse motif and a bridge. These are located where many fans enter the stadium at the North Portal Plaza. Gillette Stadium is also the home of the New England Revolutionary (MLS). The Patriots hope to have years of success at Gillette Stadium.

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