Every home game during football season, fans come from all over the New England area to see Tom Brady lead the Patriots at Gillette Stadium. But a trip to Gillette isn’t like a trip to most NFL stadiums, mostly because this isn’t just an NFL Stadium. Gillette Stadium is more like a city; a destination in and of itself. Here’s all you need to know about a day at Gillette Stadium.
At A Glance:
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Who: Gillette Stadium is home to the New England Patriots.
Where: Gillette Stadium is located in Foxborough, Massachusetts (24 miles south of downtown Boston).
Gillette Stadium was built in 2000 and opened its doors in 2002, replacing the old Foxboro Stadium, which previously housed the Patriots. The stadium was originally called CMGI Field, but Gillette purchased naming rights in 2010. The stadium is home to both the New England Patriots of the NFL and the New England Revolution of the MLS.
Gillette Stadium seats 68,000 fans and is 16 stories tall. After much debate about the initial plans, design firm HOK (now Populous) settled on a layout that incorporated a massive lighthouse at the entrance (which was originally planned to shoot a beam of light two miles into the sky) and a bridge that’s modeled after Boston’s Longfellow Bridge. The playing field is made of FieldTurf, an alternative to the natural grass field that was destroyed in 2006 by a two-day rainstorm.
Notable events at Gillette Stadium have included The Rolling Stones concert in 2002, the NCAA Men’s Lacrosse Championship in 2008, 2009, and 2012, and the AMA Supercross Championship, which has been racing at the stadium since 2016.
- It would take 1,700 37” TVs to fill the stadium’s HDTV video board in the south end zone, which is the largest HDTV video screen in an outdoor NFL stadium.
- Every single seat in Gillette Stadium is focused exactly toward midfield to provide optimum sight lines no matter where you’re sitting.
- The Patriots have sold out every home game since moving to Gillette Stadium.
- The foundation of Gillette Stadium consists of 17,500 cubic yards of concrete, enough to build a sidewalk from Foxborough to Boston, on both sides of the street.
- The stadium’s signature lighthouse in the north end zone rises 10 stories above the playing field but is dwarfed by the height of the stadium itself, which is 16 stories tall.
- On a typical game day, Patriots fans eat their weight in clam chowder and Italian sausage/ They consume more than a ton of Italian sausage and 186 gallons of clam chowder.
- Gillette Stadium features a nursing station with three separate nursing pods to accommodate mothers who wish to nurse in comfort and privacy
There is no such thing as a bad seat at Gillette Stadium (they are all perfectly angled to provide perfect field views in all directions) but some seats are better than others. Fans who wish for a more upscale experience can spend their gameday in the Putnam Club. As a member of the Putnam Club, you’ll get VIP parking and private club access. flat screen HD TVs (which you can watch from your extra-wide, plush seats), entire video walls, and delicious concessions. Bonuses for members include first right to purchase playoff and Super Bowl tickets and concert tickets, access to special events, and post-game field visits.
If you’re looking for a truly high-end experience, you can stay in one of Gillette Stadium’s 89 luxury suites. Each suite has granite-topped wet bars, marble bathrooms, and personal attendants.These fully decked-out private suites can accommodate between 20-30 guests and are an incredible way to impress friends or colleagues on game days.
Food & Drinks:
In 2012, Gillette Stadium completely revamped its concessions stands (all 38 of them) to include new items and more healthy choices. Italian sausages are still front and center, but the new menu includes options like beef brisket and buffalo wings. If you’re craving traditional game day favorites, you’re covered here. Head to your seat with a hot dog, fries, and a coke or beer. If you’re looking for something a bit more off the beaten path, you can try a steak sandwich, fish and chips, or pulled pork.
Vegetarians and vegans will also be happy campers at Gillette Stadium, which has better meat-free options than any other NFL stadium. The Market Fresh Deli locations offer salads, wraps, and fresh fruit, and hot dog stands even offer meat-free hot dogs!
What To Do When You Visit:
Visit The Hall: Adjacent to Gillette Stadium, The Hall is a 10-exhibit interactive museum packed with Patriots’ history. With 30,000 square feet of exhibit space, The Hall provides a fun and unforgettable experience for children of all ages.
Visit Patriot Place: Located directly across the street from Gillette Stadium, Patriot Place features over 1.3 million square feet of shopping and entertainment. If you’re looking for a way to kill time before kickoff, you’ll definitely find something to do here.
Tailgate: Tailgating is allowed in all Gillette Stadium parking lots unless otherwise specified by a police officer or security guard. (Note: tailgating is only allowed when the stadium is open to the general public, four hours before kickoff.)
- Parking at Gillette Stadium is cash only.
- Parking lots open four hours prior to kickoff, and tailgating is allowed before every game.
- If you don’t want to drive to the stadium, you can take the MBTA (the T). The MBTA Commuter Rail provides transportation directly from Boston to the stadium on gamedays and for special concerts and other big events. If you’re coming from another location, take the T to the Gillette Stadium stop.
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- There is special parking available for limos, RVs, and buses on site.
- Uber pickup and drop off is located in Lot 15 adjacent to Bass Pro Shops.
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