|Former names||CMGI Field (2002)|
|Address||1 Patriot Place|
at Foxboro station (game days only)
|Owner||The Kraft Group|
|Operator||The Kraft Group|
|Capacity|| American football:|
|Field size||American football: 120 yd × 53 1/3 yd |
Soccer: 116 yd × 75 yd
|Surface|| FieldTurf (2006–present)|
|Broke ground||March 24, 2000|
|Opened||May 11, 2002 (partial)|
September 9, 2002 (grand)
|Construction cost||US$325 million|
($453 million in 2018 dollars )
|Architect||HOK Sport (now Populous)|
|Project manager||Barton Malow|
|Structural engineer||Bliss and Nyitray, Inc.|
|Services engineer||Vanderweil Engineers|
| New England Patriots (NFL) (2002–present)|
New England Revolution (MLS) (2002–present)
Massachusetts Minutemen (NCAA) (2012–2016, 2018)
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 New England Patriots of the National Football League (NFL) and the New England Revolution of Major League Soccer (MLS). 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.
A stadium is a place or venue for (mostly) outdoor sports, concerts, or other events and consists of a field or stage either partly or completely surrounded by a tiered structure designed to allow spectators to stand or sit and view the event.
Foxborough is a town in Norfolk County, Massachusetts, United States, about 22 miles (35 km) southwest of Boston, 18 miles (29 km) northeast of Providence, Rhode Island and about 73 miles (117 km) northwest of Cape Cod. Foxborough is part of the Boston metropolitan statistical area. The population was 16,865 at the 2010 census.
Boston is the capital and most populous city of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in the United States. The city proper covers 48 square miles (124 km2) with an estimated population of 685,094 in 2017, making it also the most populous city in New England. Boston is the seat of Suffolk County as well, although the county government was disbanded on July 1, 1999. The city is the economic and cultural anchor of a substantially larger metropolitan area known as Greater Boston, a metropolitan statistical area (MSA) home to a census-estimated 4.8 million people in 2016 and ranking as the tenth-largest such area in the country. As a combined statistical area (CSA), this wider commuting region is home to some 8.2 million people, making it the sixth-largest in the United States.
The facility opened in 2002, replacing the old Foxboro Stadium.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.
Foxboro Stadium, originally Schaefer Stadium and later Sullivan Stadium, was an outdoor stadium located in Foxborough, Massachusetts, United States. It opened in 1971 and served as the home of the New England Patriots of the National Football League (NFL) until 2001 and also as the home venue for the New England Revolution of Major League Soccer (MLS) from 1996 to 2001. The stadium was the site of several games in both the 1994 FIFA World Cup and the 1999 FIFA Women's World Cup which the U.S. won. Foxboro Stadium was demolished in 2002 and replaced by Gillette Stadium and the Patriot Place shopping center.
Seating capacity is the number of people who can be seated in a specific space, in terms of both the physical space available, and limitations set by law. Seating capacity can be used in the description of anything ranging from an automobile that seats two to a stadium that seats hundreds of thousands of people. The largest sporting venue in the world, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, has a permanent seating capacity for more than 235,000 people and infield seating that raises capacity to an approximate 400,000.
Luxury boxes and club seating constitute the most exclusive class of seating in arenas and stadiums, and generate much higher revenues than regular seating. Club ticketholders often receive exclusive access to an indoor part of the venue through private club entrances, to areas containing special restaurants, bars, merchandise stands, and lounge areas of the venue that are not otherwise available to regular ticketholders.
The stadium was originally known as CMGI Field before the naming rights were bought by Gillette after the "dot-com" bust.Although Gillette was acquired by Procter & Gamble (P&G) in 2005, 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. 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.
Naming rights are a financial transaction and form of advertising whereby a corporation or other entity purchases the right to name a facility or event, typically for a defined period of time. For properties like a multi-purpose arena, performing arts venue or an athletic field, the term ranges from three to 20 years. Longer terms are more common for higher profile venues such as a professional sports facility.
Gillette is a brand of safety razors and other personal care products including shaving supplies, owned by the multi-national corporation Procter & Gamble (P&G).
The dot-com bubble was a historic economic bubble and period of excessive speculation mainly in the United States that occurred roughly from 1995 to 2000, a period of extreme growth in the usage and adoption of the Internet.
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.The first official event was a New England Revolution soccer game on May 11, 2002. 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. 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.
The Rolling Stones are an English rock band formed in London in 1962. The first stable line-up consisted of Brian Jones (multi-instrumentalist), Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Bill Wyman (bass), Charlie Watts (drums), and Ian Stewart (piano). Stewart was removed from the official line-up in 1963 but continued to work with the band as a contracted musician until his death in 1985. Brian Jones was the original leader of the group. The band's primary songwriters, Jagger and Richards, assumed leadership after Andrew Loog Oldham became the group's manager. Jones left the band less than a month before his death in 1969, having already been replaced by Mick Taylor, who remained until 1974. After Taylor left the band, Ronnie Wood took his place in 1975 and continues on guitar in tandem with Richards. Following Wyman's departure in 1993, Darryl Jones was contracted by the band to play bass. Since 1963, the Stones have not had a keyboardist as a member of the band, but have had long working relationships with Jack Nitzsche (1965–1971), Nicky Hopkins (1967–1982), Billy Preston (1971–1981), Ian McLagan (1978–1981), and Chuck Leavell (1982–present).
The Licks Tour was a worldwide concert tour undertaken by The Rolling Stones during 2002 and 2003, in support of their 40th anniversary compilation album Forty Licks. The tour grossed over $300 million, becoming the second highest grossing tour at that time, behind their own Voodoo Lounge Tour of 1994–1995.
Super Bowl XXXVI was an American football game between the National Football Conference (NFC) champion St. Louis Rams and the American Football Conference (AFC) champion New England Patriots to decide the National Football League (NFL) champion for the 2001 season. The Patriots defeated the Rams by the score of 20–17. It was New England's first Super Bowl championship, and the franchise's first league championship of any kind. The game was also notable for snapping the AFC East's long streak of not being able to win a Super Bowl championship, as the division's teams had lost eight Super Bowls in total. It would be the last time the Rams reached a Super Bowl during their time in St. Louis; the team would return to Super Bowl LIII as the Los Angeles Rams 17 years later, where they would play again against the Patriots only to lose 13–3.
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 Providence/Stoughton Line is a line of the MBTA Commuter Rail system running southwest from Boston, Massachusetts, USA. The main line was originally built by the Boston and Providence Railroad, and now carries commuter trains between South Station in Boston and Wickford Junction station in North Kingstown, Rhode Island. The Stoughton Branch, built as the Stoughton Branch Railroad, splits at Canton Junction and runs for two more stations to Stoughton station in Stoughton, Massachusetts.
The Franklin Line, part of the MBTA Commuter Rail system, runs from Boston's South Station in a southwesterly direction toward Franklin, Massachusetts, utilizing the Northeast Corridor before splitting off onto the namesake Franklin Branch. Most Franklin Line trains connect to the Providence/Stoughton Line at Readville, though some weekday trains use the Dorchester Branch to access South Station. Most weekday trains, and all weekend trains, bypass Hyde Park and Plimptonville. Several weekday trains originate at Norwood Central or Walpole. Trains only serve Foxboro from Boston during special events at Gillette Stadium, but regular service is proposed.
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.By September 2016 this streak was 231 straight games.
From the 1971 to 2001 NFL seasons, 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 cold-weather games and it had an unorganized dirt parking lot.Foxboro Stadium did not bring in the profits needed to keep an NFL team in New England; at just over 60,000 seats, it was one of the NFL's smallest stadiums.
In 1984 team executive Chuck Sullivan funded the Victory Tour of The Jacksons, 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.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), Hartford, and Providence became interested in building new stadiums to lure the Patriots away from Foxborough.
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.
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.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.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.
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.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. 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. Rowland announced at a press conference that he was officially "a New York Jets fan, now and probably forever". In 1999, the team officially announced that it would remain in Foxborough, which led to Gillette Stadium's construction. 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.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.
The stadium was designed by HOK Sport (now Populous). Kraft wanted it modeled on M&T Bank Stadium which had opened in Baltimore 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. 2 miles (3.2 km) high) and a bridge modeled on Boston's Longfellow Bridge. The lighthouse and bridge are now featured on the stadium's logo.The entrance includes a lighthouse (which was originally designed to shoot a light
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.[ citation needed ] 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.
Gillette Stadium ranks first among all NFL venues in stadium food safety with a 0% critical violations.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.
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. Gillette Stadium also hosted the 2007 AFC Championship Game, with the Patriots defeating the San Diego Chargers, 21–12. In 2008, the Patriots lost to the New York Giants in the Super Bowl.
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. However, the New York Giants ruined the Patriots' season by beating them in the Super Bowl for the second time. 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. The seventh AFC Championship hosted at Gillette Stadium came the next year, when the Patriots knocked off the Jacksonville Jaguars by a score of 24-20. In the 2018 season, Gillette Stadium hosted a Divisional Round game, as the Patriots knocked off the Los Angeles Chargers by a score of 41-28. Their success has involved several alleged cheating scandals, but only one that has been substantiated: a 2007 violation regarding equipment being incorrectly placed within the stadium (which resulted in both fines and a stripped draft pick).
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.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|
|November 10, 2018||BYU||35–16||UMass Amherst||14,082|
Gillette Stadium also hosted the eighth edition of the NHL Winter Classic, between the Boston Bruins and Montreal Canadiens, on January 1, 2016.
|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|
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.
The crowd of 61,316 drawn to the 2002 MLS Cup Final was the largest stand-alone MLS post-season crowd on record until the 2018 MLS Cup in Atlanta at Mercedes Benz Stadium.
|Date||Winning Team||Result||Losing Team||Tournament||Spectators|
|October 20, 2002||1-0||MLS Cup 2002||61,316|
|Date||Winning Team||Result||Losing Team||Tournament||Spectators|
|May 19, 2002||2-0||Friendly||36,778|
|July 11, 2003||2-0||2003 CONCACAF Gold Cup First Round||33,652|
|July 13, 2003||2–0||2003 CONCACAF Gold Cup First Round||8,780|
|July 15, 2003||1-0||2003 CONCACAF Gold Cup First Round||10,361|
|July 19, 2003||5-0||2003 CONCACAF Gold Cup Quarterfinals||15,627|
|September 27, 2003||7–1||2003 FIFA Women's World Cup First Round||14,356|
|October 1, 2003||1–0||2003 FIFA Women's World Cup Quarterfinals||25,103|
|July 11, 2005||0-0||2005 CONCACAF Gold Cup Group B||15,211|
|July 16, 2005||3-2||2005 CONCACAF Gold Cup Quarterfinals||22,108|
|June 12, 2007||4-0||2007 CONCACAF Gold Cup Group B||26,523|
|June 16, 2007||3-0||2007 CONCACAF Gold Cup Quarterfinals||22,412|
|September 12, 2007||3-1||Friendly||67,584|
|July 11, 2009||2-2||2009 CONCACAF Gold Cup Group B||24,137|
|June 6, 2014||1-0||Friendly||56,292|
|July 10, 2015||1-1||2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup Group A||46,720|
|September 8, 2015||4-1||Friendly||29,308|
|June 10, 2016||2–1||Copa América Centenario Group D||19,392|
|June 12, 2016||1–0||Copa América Centenario Group B||36,187|
|June 18, 2016||4–1||Copa América Centenario Quarterfinal||59,183|
|May 19, 2019||0-0||Friendly||-|
Gillette Stadium hosted the NCAA Men's Lacrosse Championships in 2008, 2009, 2012, 2017, and 2018 and was the home of the Boston Cannons for the 2015 season.
|May 10–26, 2008||Division I Men's, Division II & Division III||Syracuse||NYIT||Salisbury||97,194|
|May 9–25, 2009||Division I Men's, Division II & Division III||Syracuse||C.W. Post||Cortland State||78,529|
|May 9–25, 2012||Division I Men's, Division II & Division III||Loyola (MD)||Dowling||Salisbury||62,590|
|May 12–28, 2017||Division I Women's||Maryland||-||-||11,668|
|May 13–29, 2017||Division I Men's, Division II & Division III||Maryland||Limestone||Salisbury||59,501|
|May 12–28, 2018||Division I Men's, Division II & Division III||Yale||Merrimack||Wesleyan||60,071|
|April 12, 2015||Denver Outlaws||13-16||Boston Cannons||4,285|
|April 26, 2015||Charlotte Hounds||12-11 (OT)||Boston Cannons||3,612|
|May 3, 2015||New York Lizards||15-13||Boston Cannons||4,713|
|May 17, 2015||Rochester Rattlers||16-17 (OT)||Boston Cannons||5,654|
|May 30, 2015||Florida Launch||9-13||Boston Cannons||10,142|
|June 28, 2015||Chesapeake Bayhawks||11-14||Boston Cannons||7,211|
|July 11, 2015||Ohio Machine||19-12||Boston Cannons||6,813|
On February 15, 2019, the Premier Lacrosse League announced that Boston would be the first city on the schedule for the 2019 season.It was also announced that Gillette Stadium would be the venue to host the league on June 1 and 2.
|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
Don Campbell Band
|The Big Throwdown Tour||39,717 / 41,354||$2,850,279|
|July 23, 2005||Kenny Chesney|| Keith Urban |
|The Somewhere in the Sun Tour||50,860 / 50,860||$3,263,448|
|September 3, 2005||Green Day|| Jimmy Eat World |
|The American Idiot Tour||26,781 / 43,615||$1,006,421|
|July 16, 2006||Kenny Chesney|| Dierks Bentley |
Big & Rich
|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 |
|The Flip-Flop Summer Tour||56,926 / 56,926||$4,496,363|
|July 26, 2008||Kenny Chesney|| Keith Urban |
|The Poets and Pirates Tour||57,394 / 57,394||$5,274,364|
|July 18, 2009|| Elton John |
|—||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 |
|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 |
|Fearless Tour||56,868 / 56,868||$3,726,157||Swift became the first woman to headline the stadium.|
|June 13, 2010||Eagles|| Dixie Chicks |
|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 |
|The H2O Tour||51,107 / 51,107||$3,476,779|
|June 25, 2011||Taylor Swift|| Needtobreathe |
|Speak Now World Tour||110,800 / 110,800||$8,026,350|
|June 26, 2011|
|August 26, 2011||Kenny Chesney|| Zac Brown Band |
|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 |
| Grace Potter and the Nocturnals |
|The Brothers of the Sun Tour||111,209 / 111,209||$9,926,110||Birth of no shoes nation|
|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 |
|The Red Tour||110,712 / 110,712||$9,464,063||At the first show, Carly Simon was the special guest.|
|July 27, 2013|
|August 23, 2013|| Kenny Chesney |
| Eli Young Band |
|The No Shoes Nation Tour||109,207 / 109,207||$9,465,256|
|August 24, 2013|
|May 31, 2014||George Strait|| Tim McGraw |
|The Cowboy Rides Away Tour||55,863 / 55,863||$5,005,789|
|July 1, 2014|| Beyoncé |
|—||The On the Run Tour||52,802 / 52,802||$5,738,114||Jay-Z became the first rapper to headline the stadium.|
|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 |
|The That's My Kind of Night Tour||56,048 / 56,048||$4,349,568|
|July 24, 2015||Taylor Swift|| Vance Joy |
|The 1989 World Tour||116,849 / 116,849||$12,533,166||Walk the Moon was the special guest.|
|July 25, 2015||MKTO was the special guest.|
|August 22, 2015||AC/DC||Vintage Trouble||Rock or Bust World Tour||48,000 / 50,000||—|
|August 28, 2015|| Kenny Chesney |
| Brantley Gilbert |
| 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 |
|The x Tour||51,996 / 54,000||$3,234,377|
|June 3, 2016||Beyoncé||DJ Khaled||The Formation World Tour||48,304 / 48,304||$6,008,698|
|July 15, 2016||Luke Bryan|| Little Big Town |
|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 |
|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 |
|A Head Full of Dreams Tour||52,188 / 52,188||$6,263,906|
|August 25, 2017||Kenny Chesney|| Thomas Rhett |
|The No Shoes Nation Tour 2017||121,642 / 121,642||$12,095,688|
|August 26, 2017|
|July 26, 2018||Taylor Swift|| Camila Cabello |
|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|| Beyoncé |
|Chloe X Halle and DJ Khaled||On the Run II Tour||47,667 / 47,667||$6,159,980|
|August 24, 2018||Kenny Chesney|| Dierks Bentley |
|The Trip Around The Sun Tour||121,714/121,714||$11,600,000|
|August 25, 2018|
|September 14, 2018||Ed Sheeran|| Snow Patrol |
|÷ Tour||110,238 / 110,238||$9,382,550|
|September 15, 2018|
|June 8, 2019||The Rolling Stones||No Filter Tour|
|June 21, 2019||Luke Bryan||Sunset Repeat Tour|
|June 22, 2019||Dead & Company||Summer Tour 2019|
The AMA Supercross Championship has been racing at Gillette Stadium since 2016.[ citation needed ]
Monster Jam has been coming to the stadium since 2014.
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.
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.
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.
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. 700 acres (280 ha), when he bought Foxboro Stadium in the late 1980s.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
The first phase of the project opened in fall of 2007,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. 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. 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. 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.
The New England Patriots are a professional American football team based in the Greater Boston area. The Patriots compete in the National Football League (NFL) as a member club of the league's American Football Conference (AFC) East division. The team plays its home games at Gillette Stadium in the town of Foxborough, Massachusetts, which is located 21 miles (34 km) southwest of downtown Boston, Massachusetts and 20 miles (32 km) northeast of downtown Providence, Rhode Island. The Patriots are also headquartered at Gillette Stadium.
The New England Revolution is an American professional soccer club based in the Greater Boston area that competes in Major League Soccer (MLS), in the Eastern Conference of the league. It is one of the ten charter clubs of MLS, having competed in the league since its inaugural season.
Robert Kenneth Kraft is an American businessman. He is the chairman and chief executive officer of the Kraft Group, a diversified holding company with assets in paper and packaging, sports and entertainment, real estate development and a private equity portfolio. He is the owner of the National Football League's New England Patriots, Major League Soccer's New England Revolution, and Gillette Stadium, where both teams play.
The American Football Conference – Eastern Division or AFC East is one of the four divisions of the American Football Conference (AFC) in the National Football League (NFL). There are currently four teams that reside in the division: the Buffalo Bills ; the Miami Dolphins ; the New England Patriots ; and the New York Jets.
Foxboro, also known as Gillette Stadium, is an MBTA Commuter Rail station in Foxborough, Massachusetts. It is currently used only for special events at nearby Gillette Stadium, primarily New England Patriots games. It lies on a freight line between Mansfield and Framingham, known as the Framingham Secondary. The line was part of the Boston, Clinton, Fitchburg and New Bedford Railroad, Old Colony Railroad, New York, New Haven and Hartford Railroad, Penn Central, and, finally, Conrail, until 1999, when it passed to CSX. The line connects to the MBTA's Franklin Line at Walpole and the Providence/Stoughton Line at Mansfield.
The 1971 NFL season was the 52nd regular season of the National Football League. The season ended with Super Bowl VI when the Dallas Cowboys defeated the Miami Dolphins 24–3 at Tulane Stadium in New Orleans. The Pro Bowl took place on January 23, 1972, at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum; the AFC beat the NFC 26–13.
The 1970 NFL season was the 51st regular season of the National Football League, and the first one after the AFL–NFL merger. The season concluded with Super Bowl V when the Baltimore Colts beat the Dallas Cowboys 16–13 at the Orange Bowl in Miami, Florida. The Pro Bowl took place on January 24, 1971, where the NFC beat the AFC 27–6 at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.
The history of the New England Patriots began when Boston business executive William "Billy" Sullivan and Sullivan Brother Printers, owned by Joseph Sullivan, were awarded the eighth and final franchise of the developing American Football League (AFL) on November 16, 1959. The following winter, locals submitted thousands of ideas for the Boston football team's official name. On February 20, 1960, Sullivan chose "Boston Patriots", with "Patriots" referring to those colonists of the Thirteen Colonies who rebelled against British control during the American Revolution and in July 1776 declared the United States of America an independent nation. "Patriots" as a nickname had been suggested by 74 fans, among them Larry Kepnes. Immediately thereafter, artist Phil Bissell developed the "Pat Patriot" logo.
MLS Cup 2002 was the seventh edition of the MLS Cup, the championship match of Major League Soccer (MLS), which took place on October 20, 2002. It was hosted at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts, and contested by the New England Revolution and the Los Angeles Galaxy to decide the champion of the 2002 season. The Revolution, who were named hosts before advancing to the final, were playing in their first MLS Cup; Los Angeles had lost in all three of their previous cup appearances.
The 2001 AFC Divisional Playoff game between the New England Patriots and the Oakland Raiders, also known as the Snow Bowl and the Tuck Rule Game, took place on January 19, 2002, at Foxboro Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts, the former home stadium of the Patriots. This was also the final game ever played at Foxboro Stadium, and was played under a heavy snowfall. The Patriots moved to Gillette Stadium the following season. To Raiders fans it is known as The New England Snow Job.
In National Football League lore, the Snowplow Game was a regular-season game played between the Miami Dolphins and New England Patriots on December 12, 1982, at Schaefer Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts. The stadium's snowplow operator, Mark Henderson, cleared a spot on the snowy field specifically for New England kicker John Smith so he could kick the game-winning field goal to give the Patriots a 3–0 win.
The 1993 New England Patriots season was the franchise’s 34th season overall and 24th in the National Football League. The Patriots finished fourth in the AFC East Division with a record of five wins and eleven losses.
The 1994 New England Patriots season was the team's 35th season, and 25th in the National Football League. It was the first under owner Robert Kraft, who purchased the team after preventing previous owner James Orthwein from moving the Patriots to St. Louis. The Patriots finished the season with a record of ten wins and six losses, and finished tied for first in the AFC's Eastern division.
Jonathan A. Kraft is an American businessman. He is president of The Kraft Group, the holding company of the Kraft family's many business interests. He is also the president of the New England Patriots and investor-operator of the New England Revolution.
The Kraft Group, LLC, is a group of privately held companies in the professional sports, manufacturing, and real estate development industries doing business in 90 countries. Founded in 1998 by American businessman Robert Kraft as a holding company, it is based in Foxborough, Massachusetts.
The Jets–Patriots rivalry is a rivalry between the New York Jets and New England Patriots of the National Football League. The teams both play in the AFC East. They have been in the same division since the two teams' inception in 1960 in the American Football League, and have played each other at least twice a year since then.
Bay State Raceway, later known as New England Harness Raceway, Foxboro Raceway, and Foxboro Park was a harness racing track located in Foxborough, Massachusetts, United States that operated from 1947 until 1997. It stood next to Foxboro Stadium and the site of Gillette Stadium. Track owner E. M. Loew gave the land for Foxboro Stadium to New England Patriots owner Billy Sullivan in order to keep the team in New England.
Andrew Wasynczuk is a senior lecturer of business administration for Harvard Business School. He served as Chief Operating Officer and Senior Vice President for the New England Patriots of the National Football League, where he oversaw Foxboro Stadium and the building of its successor Gillette Stadium, while also helping to administer the NFL salary cap for the team in the 1990s.
The 2011 New England Patriots season was the 42nd season for the team in the National Football League and 52nd season overall. The Patriots finished the regular season at 13–3, and represented the AFC in Super Bowl XLVI. It was the seventh Super Bowl trip in franchise history, and the fifth for head coach Bill Belichick and quarterback Tom Brady.
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