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Gillette Stadium
Gillette Stadium
The Razor[1]
Gillette Stadium (Top View).jpg
Former names CMGI Field (2002)
Address 1 Patriot Place
Location Foxborough, Massachusetts
Coordinates 4205?27.40?N 7115?51.64?W%uFEFF / %uFEFF42.0909444N 71.2643444W%uFEFF / 42.0909444; -71.2643444Coordinates: 4205?27.40?N 7115?51.64?W%uFEFF / %uFEFF42.0909444N 71.2643444W%uFEFF / 42.0909444; -71.2643444
Public transit Foxboro (game days only)
Owner The Kraft Group
Operator The Kraft Group
Executive suites 89
Capacity American football:
65,878 (2015-present)[2]
68,756 (2002-2014)
20,000 (expandable)[3]
Field size American football: 120 yd  53 1/3 yd[4]
Soccer: 116 yd  75 yd
Surface FieldTurf (2006-present)
Grass (2002-2006)
Broke ground March 24, 2000
Opened May 11, 2002 (partial)
September 9, 2002 (grand)
Construction cost US$325 million
($442 million in 2017 dollars[5])
Architect HOK Sport (now Populous)
Project manager Barton Malow[6]
Structural engineer Bliss and Nyitray, Inc.
Services engineer Vanderweil Engineers[7]
General contractor Skanska[6]
New England Patriots (NFL) (2002-present)
New England Revolution (MLS) (2002-present)
Massachusetts Minutemen (NCAA) (2012-2016)
Boston Cannons (MLL) (2015)

Gillette Stadium is a stadium located in Foxborough, Massachusetts, 28 miles (45 km) southwest of downtown Boston and 20 miles (32 km) northeast of downtown Providence, Rhode Island. It serves as the home stadium and administrative offices for both the NFL's New England Patriots football franchise and MLS's New England Revolution soccer team. In 2012, it also became the home stadium for the football program of the University of Massachusetts (UMass), while on-campus Warren McGuirk Alumni Stadium was undergoing renovations. Gillette will continue to host higher attended home games.

The facility opened in 2002, replacing the old Foxboro Stadium.[8] The seating capacity is 65,878, including 5,876 club seats and 89 luxury suites. The stadium is owned and operated by Kraft Sports Group, a subsidiary of The Kraft Group, the company through which businessman Robert Kraft owns the Patriots and Revolution.[9]

The stadium was originally known as CMGI Field before the naming rights were bought by Gillette after the "dot-com" bust.[10] Although Gillette has since been acquired by Procter & Gamble, the stadium retains the Gillette name because P&G has continued to use the Gillette brand name and because the Gillette company was founded in the Boston area. Gillette and the Patriots jointly announced in September 2010 that their partnership, which includes naming rights to the stadium, will extend through the 2031 season.[11] Additionally, uBid (until April 2003 a wholly owned subsidiary of CMGI) as of 2009 continues to sponsor one of the main entrance gates to the stadium.[12]

The Town of Foxborough approved plans for the stadium's construction on December 6, 1999, and work on the stadium began on March 24, 2000.[13] The first official event was a New England Revolution soccer game on May 11, 2002.[14]The Rolling Stones played at Gillette Stadium on September 5, 2002 on the band's Licks Tour. Jeremiah Freed was the first band to play at the WBCN river rave on June 9, 2002 making them the first band to ever play Gillette Stadium.[15] Grand opening ceremonies were held four days later on September 9 when the Patriots unveiled their Super Bowl XXXVI championship banner before a Monday Night Football game against the Pittsburgh Steelers.[16]

Gillette Stadium is accessible by rail via the Providence/Stoughton and Franklin lines at the Foxboro MBTA station, but only during Patriots games and some concerts.

The Patriots have sold out every home game since moving to the stadium--preseason, regular season, and playoffs. This streak dates back to the 1994 season, while the team was still at Foxboro Stadium.[17] By September 2016 this streak was 231 straight games.[17]


Foxboro Stadium

From the 1971 NFL season until the 2001 NFL season, the Patriots played all of their home games at Foxboro Stadium. The stadium was privately funded on an extremely small budget and featured few amenities. Its aluminum benches would freeze over during games with cold weather and it had an unorganized dirt parking lot.[18] Foxboro Stadium did not prove to bring in the profit that was needed to keep an NFL team in New England, as it was one of the smallest stadiums in the NFL, with just over 60,000 seats.[19][20] The team had fallen into debt after team executive Chuck Sullivan funded the Jackson Victory Tour, in an attempt to earn more profit for the team. Tickets sales failed, however, and the team's debt increased even further - to a final total of US$126 million.[21] After two unsuccessful owners bought the team and stadium, it was clear that a new stadium had to be built for the team to stay in New England. This is when other cities in the New England area, including Boston (which was previously home to the Patriots and already had a stadium they could, and for a time before Foxboro Stadium opened, did, play in), Hartford, and Providence became interested in building new stadiums to lure the Patriots away from Foxborough.[22]

Location discussions

The first major stadium proposal from another city came in September 1993. Lowell Weicker, the Governor of Connecticut, proposed to the Connecticut General Assembly that a new stadium should be built in Hartford to attract the Patriots to move there, stating that a stadium had "potentially great benefit" if it were built. The bill passed in the State Assembly on September 27, 1993.[23]

In Massachusetts, there was a proposal to build a "Megaplex" in Boston, which would be the site of the stadium, as well as a new Fenway Park (the home park of the Boston Red Sox) and a convention center. The proposed sites for this hybrid convention center-stadium were along Summer Street in South Boston or at the so-called Crosstown site along Melnea Cass Boulevard in Roxbury, adjacent to Boston's South End. The administration of Massachusetts Governor William Weld pushed for construction of a full "Megaplex" at the crosstown site, with then-new Boston Mayor Thomas Menino favoring construction of a new, stand-alone convention center in South Boston. Ultimately, the residents of neither of these neighborhoods wanted a stadium, and as a result, Menino backed out, fearing that it would affect his chance at re-election.[24] The Fenway Park plan was cancelled after many "Save Fenway Park!" groups popped up to save the historic ballpark.

Kraft then began a plan to build a new stadium in South Boston. In that plan, Kraft was to pay for the stadium himself, hoping to win the support of Weld and Menino. He began to sketch designs, but the project was leaked to the press in December 1996. The residents of South Boston objected to a stadium being built in that location, causing Menino and Weld to become angry at Kraft. Kraft abandoned all plans for a Boston Stadium after the affair.[25] In January 1997, Kraft began talks with Providence mayor Vincent Cianci to relocate the team to Providence and build a new stadium there. The proposed 68,000-seat domed stadium would have cost $250 million, and would have been paid through income taxes, public bonds, surcharges on tickets, and private funds. Residents of the neighborhood of the proposed project were extremely opposed to the project because the surrounding area would have needed massive infrastructure improvements. The proposal fell through after a few weeks.[26]

During a news conference in September 1998, the team revealed plans to build a new stadium in Foxborough, keeping the team in Massachusetts. It was to be funded by the state as well as Kraft himself. This plan brought more competition from Connecticut, as a $1 billion plan to renovate an area of Hartford, including building a stadium.[27] Kraft then signed an agreement to move the team to Hartford on November 18, 1998. The proposed stadium included 68,000 seats, 60 luxury boxes, and had a projected cost of $375 million.[28] As before in Boston and Providence, construction of the stadium was challenged by the residents. Problems with the site were discovered, and an agreement could not be reached regarding the details of the stadium. The entire plan eventually fell through, enraging then Connecticut governor John G. Rowland, who lobbied hard for the stadium and spent weeks deliberating with Robert Kraft.[29] Rowland announced at a press conference that he was officially "a New York Jets fan, now and probably forever".[30] In 1999, the team officially announced that it would remain in Foxborough, which led to Gillette Stadium's construction.[31] After the Hartford proposal fell through, Robert Kraft paid for 100% of the construction costs, a rare instance of an NFL owner privately financing the construction of a stadium.


On April 18, 2000, the team revealed plans for the new stadium in Foxborough.[32] It was announced as a 68,000-seat stadium at a cost of $325 million, with the entire cost privately funded. Boston is thus the only city in professional sports in which all facilities are privately owned and operated. The Patriots own Gillette Stadium, the Red Sox own Fenway Park, and TD Garden is owned by Delaware North (the owner of the Bruins) (the Celtics rent the TD Garden from Delaware North).

Concurrently announced was a new road to access the stadium from U.S. Route 1, and an additional 3,000 parking spaces to accommodate the increased number of fans.[32]

The stadium was designed by HOK Sport (now Populous). Kraft wanted it modeled on M&T Bank Stadium which had opened in Baltimore, Maryland in 1998. Kraft insisted on it having a "front door" with a Disneyland-like entrance. Populous went through 200 designs before coming up with one that Kraft liked.[33] The entrance includes a lighthouse (which was originally designed to shoot a light 2 miles (3.2 km) high) and a bridge modeled on Boston's Longfellow Bridge.[34] The lighthouse and bridge are now featured on the stadium's logo.

For the first eight years of its existence the stadium used a video display, with a smaller LED scoreboard just beneath it, at each end of the field. The south side also had a large LED scoreboard in addition to the smaller one. In 2010, the stadium installed two new high definition Daktronics video displays to replace the entire previous setup at both ends.[] At the time of their construction, the larger screen, at 41.5 feet tall and 164 feet wide (12.6 m x 50.0 m), was the second-largest video monitor in any NFL stadium; only AT&T Stadium had a larger one.[35]

Gillette Stadium ranks first among all NFL venues in stadium food safety with a 0% critical violations.[36] The Gillette Stadium food service, instead of being outsourced like most NFL teams, is run in-house and is led by the Patriots executive director of foods and beverage David Wheeler.[37]



Gillette Stadium mezzanine area

The venue has hosted the NFL's nationally-televised primetime season-opening games in 2004, 2005, 2015, and 2017 (when the Patriots unveiled their championship banners from Super Bowl XXXVIII, XXXIX, XLIX and LI). The stadium also played host to the 2003 AFC Championship Game, in which the Patriots defeated the Indianapolis Colts 24-14. Eight days earlier the Patriots hosted the coldest game (4 F, -12 F wind chill) in New England Patriots history in the AFC Divisional Playoff game when the Patriots defeated the Tennessee Titans, 17-14.[38] Gillette Stadium also hosted the 2007 AFC Championship Game, with the Patriots defeating the San Diego Chargers, 21-12.

On January 10, 2010, the Baltimore Ravens beat the Patriots 33-14 here giving the Patriots their first home loss in the playoffs in Gillette Stadium. The Patriots suffered their second home playoff loss on January 16, 2011 in a 28-21 New York Jets victory. During the 2012 NFL playoffs, the Patriots defeated the Denver Broncos, 45-10, and again hosted the AFC Championship, where they won against the Baltimore Ravens, 23-20. The following year, they again hosted the AFC Championship game, where they lost 28-13 to the Baltimore Ravens. During the 2015 NFL playoffs, the Patriots avenged their previous defeat by the Baltimore Ravens by edging the Ravens 35-31. They then defeated the Indianapolis Colts, 45-7 in the AFC Championship. The stadium hosted its sixth AFC Championship game during the 2016 playoffs, as the Patriots defeated the Pittsburgh Steelers 36-17. In all, the Patriots are 16-3 at Gillette Stadium in the playoffs.

College football

As part of the UMass football program's move to Division I FBS, the Minutemen played all of their home games at Gillette Stadium for the 2012 and 2013 seasons. The stadium is 95 miles away from the UMass campus in Amherst--the longest trip of any FBS member. The Minutemen's on-campus stadium, Warren McGuirk Alumni Stadium, was not suitable for FBS football in its previous configuration. Its small size (17,000 seats) would have made it prohibitively difficult to meet FBS average attendance requirements, and its press box and replay facilities were well below Mid-American Conference standards. Additionally, several nonconference teams would not even consider playing games in Amherst. McGuirk Stadium was renovated to FBS standards for the 2014 season, but the Minutemen's current deal with the Kraft Group calls for the Minutemen to play four of their home games in Foxborough from 2014 to 2016 in exchange for keeping part of the revenue from ticket sales.[39][40] Moving forward, Gillette will continue to host UMass football with those games of anticipated larger attendance.

Date Away Team Result Home Team Attendance
October 23, 2010 New Hampshire 39-13 UMass Amherst 32,848
October 22, 2011 New Hampshire 27-21 UMass Amherst 24,022
September 8, 2012 Indiana 45-6 UMass Amherst 16,304
September 29, 2012 Ohio 37-34 UMass Amherst 8,321
October 20, 2012 Bowling Green 24-0 UMass Amherst 10,846
November 17, 2012 Buffalo 29-19 UMass Amherst 12,649
November 23, 2012 Central Michigan 42-21 UMass Amherst 6,385
September 7, 2013 Maine 24-14 UMass Amherst 15,624
September 21, 2013 Vanderbilt 24-7 UMass Amherst 16,419
October 12, 2013 Miami (OH) 10-17 UMass Amherst 21,707
October 26, 2013 Western Michigan 31-30 UMass Amherst 20,571
November 2, 2013 Northern Illinois 63-19 UMass Amherst 10,061
November 16, 2013 Akron 14-13 UMass Amherst 10,599
August 30, 2014 Boston College 30-7 UMass Amherst 30,479
September 6, 2014 Colorado 41-38 UMass Amherst 10,227
October 18, 2014 Eastern Michigan 14-36 UMass Amherst 12,030
September 19, 2015 Temple 25-23 UMass Amherst 10,141
October 24, 2015 Toledo 51-35 UMass Amherst 12,793
November 7, 2015 Akron 17-13 UMass Amherst 6,228
September 10, 2016 Boston College 26-7 UMass Amherst 25,112
September 24, 2016 Mississippi State 47-35 UMass Amherst 13,074
October 15, 2016 Louisiana Tech 56-28 UMass Amherst 13,311


Gillette Stadium also hosted the eighth edition of the NHL Winter Classic, between the Boston Bruins and Montreal Canadiens, on January 1, 2016.[41]

Date Away Team Result Home Team Event Spectators
December 31, 2015 Les Canadiennes de Montreal 1-1 Boston Pride 2016 Outdoor Women's Classic -
January 1, 2016 Montreal Canadiens 5-1 Boston Bruins 2016 NHL Winter Classic 67,246

Notable soccer games

Memorable Major League Soccer playoff victories include wins over the Chicago Fire in the 2005 and 2007 Eastern Conference Final, sending the Revs to the MLS Cup. Additionally, the venue hosted MLS Cup 2002, four games of the 2003 FIFA Women's World Cup, and some Copa America Centenario matches in 2016.


Date Winning Team Result Losing Team Tournament Spectators
October 20, 2002 United States Los Angeles Galaxy 1-0 United States New England Revolution MLS Cup 2002 61,316

International soccer matches

Date Winning Team Result Losing Team Tournament Spectators
September 27, 2003  Norway 7-1  South Korea 2003 FIFA Women's World Cup First Round 14,356
 Canada 3-1  Japan
October 1, 2003  United States 1-0  Norway 2003 FIFA Women's World Cup Quarterfinals 25,103
 Sweden 2-1  Brazil
June 10, 2016  Chile 2-1  Bolivia Copa Ame;rica Centenario Group D 19,392
June 12, 2016  Peru 1-0  Brazil Copa Ame;rica Centenario Group B 36,187
June 18, 2016  Argentina 4-1  Venezuela Copa Ame;rica Centenario Quarterfinal 59,183


Date Artist Opening act(s) Tour / Concert name Attendance Gross Notes
September 5, 2002 The Rolling Stones The Pretenders The Licks Tour -- --
July 6, 2003 Metallica Limp Bizkit
The Summer Sanitarium Tour 42,898 / 48,600 $3,217,350
August 1, 2003 Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band -- The Rising Tour 96,108 / 98,559 $7,107,215
August 2, 2003
July 24, 2004 Toby Keith Montgomery Gentry
Jo Dee Messina
Gretchen Wilson
Scotty Emerick
Don Campbell Band
The Big Throwdown Tour 39,717 / 41,354 $2,850,279
July 23, 2005 Kenny Chesney Keith Urban
Gretchen Wilson
Uncle Kracker
Pat Green
The Somewhere in the Sun Tour 50,860 / 50,860 $3,263,448
September 3, 2005 Green Day Jimmy Eat World
Against Me!
The American Idiot Tour 26,781 / 43,615 $1,006,421
July 16, 2006 Kenny Chesney Dierks Bentley
Big & Rich
Carrie Underwood
Gretchen Wilson
The Road and The Radio Tour 55,124 / 55,124 $4,136,945
July 27, 2006 Bon Jovi Nickelback The Have a Nice Day Tour 45,874 / 45,874 $3,384,804
September 20, 2006 The Rolling Stones Kanye West A Bigger Bang Tour 44,115 / 45,285 $4,042,193
July 28, 2007 Kenny Chesney Brooks & Dunn
Sara Evans
Pat Green
The Flip-Flop Summer Tour 56,926 / 56,926 $4,496,363
July 26, 2008 Kenny Chesney Keith Urban
LeAnn Rimes
Gary Allan
Sammy Hagar
The Poets and Pirates Tour 57,394 / 57,394 $5,274,364
July 18, 2009 Elton John
Billy Joel
-- Face to Face 2009 52,007 / 52,007 $6,209,342
July 28, 2009 AC/DC Anvil The Black Ice World Tour -- --
August 15, 2009 Kenny Chesney Sugarland
Montgomery Gentry
Miranda Lambert
Lady Antebellum
The Sun City Carnival Tour 57,890 / 57,890 $5,041,001
September 20, 2009 U2 Snow Patrol The U2 360 Tour 138,805 / 138,805 $12,859,778
September 21, 2009
June 5, 2010 Taylor Swift Kellie Pickler
Justin Bieber
Fearless Tour 56,868 / 56,868 $3,726,157 Swift became the first woman to headline the stadium.[42]
June 13, 2010 Eagles Dixie Chicks
Keith Urban
The Long Road Out of Eden Tour 26,433 / 41,582 $2,822,410
July 24, 2010 Bon Jovi Kid Rock The Circle Tour 51,138 / 51,138 $4,418,585
August 21, 2010 Brad Paisley Jason Aldean
Darius Rucker
Sara Evans
Easton Corbin
The H2O Tour 51,107 / 51,107 $3,476,779
June 25, 2011 Taylor Swift Needtobreathe
Randy Montana
James Wesley
Speak Now World Tour 110,800 / 110,800 $8,026,350
June 26, 2011
August 26, 2011 Kenny Chesney Zac Brown Band
Billy Currington
Uncle Kracker
The Goin' Coastal Tour 106,755 / 106,755 $9,228,920
August 27, 2011
August 18, 2012 Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band -- The Wrecking Ball World Tour 49,621 / 50,000 $4,548,896
August 24, 2012 Kenny Chesney
Tim McGraw
Grace Potter and the Nocturnals
Jake Owen
The Brothers of the Sun Tour 111,209 / 111,209 $9,926,110 Birth of no shoes nation[43]
August 25, 2012
July 20, 2013 Bon Jovi The J. Geils Band The Because We Can Tour 45,912 / 45,912 $3,514,571
July 26, 2013 Taylor Swift Ed Sheeran
Austin Mahone
Joel Crouse
The Red Tour 110,712 / 110,712 $9,464,063 At the first show, Carly Simon was the special guest.[44]
July 27, 2013
August 23, 2013 Kenny Chesney
Eric Church
Eli Young Band
Kacey Musgraves
The No Shoes Nation Tour 109,207 / 109,207 $9,465,256
August 24, 2013
May 31, 2014 George Strait Tim McGraw
Faith Hill
Cassadee Pope
The Cowboy Rides Away Tour 55,863 / 55,863 $5,005,789
July 1, 2014 Beyonce;
-- The On the Run Tour 52,802 / 52,802 $5,738,114 Jay-Z became the first rapper to headline the stadium.[45]
August 7, 2014 One Direction 5 Seconds of Summer The Where We Are Tour 148,251 / 148,251 $13,475,239
August 8, 2014
August 9, 2014
August 10, 2014 Luke Bryan Dierks Bentley
Lee Brice
Cole Swindell
The That's My Kind of Night Tour 56,048 / 56,048 $4,349,568
July 24, 2015 Taylor Swift Vance Joy
Shawn Mendes
The 1989 World Tour 116,849 / 116,849 $12,533,166 Walk the Moon was the special guest.[46]
July 25, 2015 MKTO was the special guest.[47]
August 22, 2015 AC/DC Vintage Trouble Rock or Bust World Tour 48,000 / 50,000 --
August 28, 2015 Kenny Chesney
Jason Aldean
Brantley Gilbert
Cole Swindell
Old Dominion
The Big Revival Tour
The Burn It Down Tour
120,206 / 120,206 $11,624,917
August 29, 2015
September 12, 2015 One Direction Icona Pop The On the Road Again Tour 48,167 / 48,167 $4,493,993 Liam Payne and Niall Horan, respectively, made a cover of "22" by Taylor Swift, because of the 22nd birthday of both.
September 25, 2015 Ed Sheeran Passenger
Christina Perri
The x Tour 51,996 / 54,000 $3,234,377
June 3, 2016 Beyonce; DJ Khaled The Formation World Tour 48,304 / 48,304 $6,008,698
July 15, 2016 Luke Bryan Little Big Town
Chris Stapleton
Dustin Lynch
The Kill the Lights Tour 76,450 / 87,871 $7,511,536
July 16, 2016
July 19, 2016 Guns N' Roses Lenny Kravitz The Not In This Lifetime... Tour 65,472 / 71,099 $8,302,575
July 20, 2016
July 30, 2016 Coldplay Alessia Cara
A Head Full of Dreams Tour 54,952 / 54,952 $6,530,260
August 26, 2016 Kenny Chesney Miranda Lambert
Sam Hunt
Old Dominion
The Spread the Love Tour 121,399 / 121,399 $11,455,368
August 27, 2016
September 14, 2016 Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band -- The River Tour 48,324 / 51,664 $5,439,521
May 19, 2017 Metallica Volbeat
Mix Master Mike
The WorldWired Tour 47,778 / 48,905 $6,095,723
June 25, 2017 U2 The Lumineers The Joshua Tree Tour 2017 55,231 / 55,231 $6,881,340
August 4, 2017 Coldplay AlunaGeorge
Izzy Bizu
A Head Full of Dreams Tour 52,188 / 52,188 $6,263,906
August 25, 2017 Kenny Chesney Thomas Rhett
Old Dominion
The No Shoes Nation Tour 2017 121,642 / 121,642 $12,095,688
August 26, 2017
July 26, 2018 Taylor Swift Camila Cabello
Charli XCX
Taylor Swift's Reputation Stadium Tour 174,764 / 174,764 $21,779,846 Hayley Kiyoko was the special guest on night one.
July 27, 2018
July 28, 2018
August 5, 2018 Beyonce;
Chloe X Halle and DJ Khaled On the Run II Tour TBA TBA
August 24, 2018 Kenny Chesney Dierks Bentley
Brothers Osborne
Brandon Lay
The Trip Around The Sun Tour TBA TBA
August 25, 2018
September 15, 2018 Ed Sheeran TBA Tour TBA TBA

Other events

Gillette Stadium hosted the NCAA Men's Lacrosse Championships in 2008, 2009, 2012, 2017, and 2018.

The AMA Supercross Championship has been racing at Gillette Stadium since 2016.[]

Monster Jam has been coming to the stadium since 2014.

Playing surface

On November 14, 2006, two days after a rainstorm contributed to the deterioration of the grass surface in a Patriots game against the Jets, team management decided to replace the natural grass surface with a synthetic surface, FieldTurf. The Patriots' first game on the surface was a victory over the previously 9-1 Chicago Bears on November 26. At the conclusion of the 2007 season, Patriots quarterback Tom Brady had a career record of 31-3 on artificial turf. The team lost a preseason matchup in August 2007 to the Tennessee Titans on the new FieldTurf but otherwise won its first eleven regular-season and playoff games on the surface covering the period of November 2006 until September 2008, when the Patriots lost to the Miami Dolphins.

In February 2010, the surface was pulled and upgraded to FieldTurf "Duraspine Pro", which was expected to meet FIFA standards that the previous turf did not, preventing the team from having to place sod on top of their turf to host international soccer matches.[48]

The surface was upgraded again in April 2014 to FieldTurf "Revolution" with "VersaTile" drainage system. The FieldTurf Revolution product is currently used at many venues across North America, including CenturyLink Field (home to the NFL's Seattle Seahawks and MLS's Seattle Sounders) and Providence Park, home of the MLS's Portland Timbers, where its installation was recently completed.[49]

When the field is configured for American football, the Patriots have their "Flying Elvis" logo painted on the field at dead center of the 50-yard line. Off to both sides along the 50-yard line, the Gillette Stadium logo is also painted on the field. This is a gray-and-yellow stylized representation of the bridge and tower at the north entrance of the stadium.

Patriot Place

2009 Energy Project Award Winning 525 kilowatt BIPV CoolPly system on the Patriot Place Complex Adjacent to the Gillette Stadium in Foxborough. The Solar Project was built, and is owned and operated by Constellation Energy.

In 2006, the Patriots and Kraft announced plans to build a "super regional lifestyle and entertainment center" in the area around Gillette Stadium named Patriot Place.[50][51] The cost of the project was $350 million, more than the cost to build Gillette Stadium itself; Kraft had purchased much of the surrounding land, about 700 acres (280 ha), when he bought Foxboro Stadium in the late 1980s.[52]

The first phase of the project opened in fall of 2007,[53] and featured the first Bass Pro Shops in New England, as well as Circuit City (now closed), Bed Bath & Beyond, Five Guys Burgers, Christmas Tree Shops, and Staples.[52] In December 2007, the Patriots and CBS announced plans to build a themed restaurant and nightclub, named "CBS Scene", at the site, which would also include studios for CBS-owned WBZ-TV.[54] The restaurant was part of the second phase of the project, which included an open mall, a health center, a Cinema de Lux movie theater, a four-star Renaissance hotel, and "The Hall at Patriot Place." Attached to Gillette Stadium, the Hall includes a two-level interactive museum honoring the Patriots accomplishments and Super Bowl championships, plus the Patriots Pro Shop.[55] The first restaurants and stores in phase two began opening in July 2008, and were followed by the openings of the Hall at Patriot Place and the CBS Scene in time for the beginning of the 2008 New England Patriots season. More locations, including the health center and hotel, opened in 2009, along with additional sites in phase one.

Panorama of Gillette Stadium, taken from the south end, in 2007. The video screen has since been replaced with a larger one.

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