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Gillette Stadium
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Gillette Stadium
Location in the United States
Former namesCMGI Field (2002)
Address1 Patriot Place
Location Foxborough, Massachusetts
Coordinates 42°05′27.40″N71°15′51.64″W / 42.0909444°N 71.2643444°W / 42.0909444; -71.2643444 Coordinates: 42°05′27.40″N71°15′51.64″W / 42.0909444°N 71.2643444°W / 42.0909444; -71.2643444
Public transit MBTA.svg   Franklin Line  
MBTA.svg   Providence/Stoughton Line  
at Foxboro station (game days only)
OwnerThe Kraft Group
Operator The Kraft Group
Executive suites89
Capacity American football:
65,878 (2015–present) [2]
68,756 (2002–2014)
Soccer:
20,000 (expandable) [3]
Field sizeAmerican football: 120 yd × 53 1/3 yd [4]
Soccer: 116 yd × 75 yd
Surface FieldTurf (2006–present)
Grass (2002–2006)
Construction
Broke groundMarch 24, 2000
OpenedSeptember 9, 2002
Construction costUS$325 million
($453 million in 2018 dollars [5] )
ArchitectHOK Sport (now Populous)
Project managerBarton Malow [6]
Structural engineerBliss and Nyitray, Inc.
Services engineerVanderweil Engineers [7]
General contractor Skanska [6]
Tenants
New England Patriots (NFL) (2002–present)
New England Revolution (MLS) (2002–present)
Massachusetts Minutemen (NCAA) (2012–2016, 2018)
Boston Cannons (MLL) (2015)
New England Revolution II (USL1) (2020-present)
Website
https://www.gillettestadium.com

Gillette Stadium is a stadium located in Foxborough, Massachusetts, 28 miles (45 km) southwest of downtown Boston, Massachusetts and 20 miles (32 km) northeast of downtown Providence, Rhode Island. The facility opened in 2002, replacing Foxboro Stadium. [8] The seating capacity is 65,878, including 5,876 club seats and 89 luxury suites.

Stadium Place or venue for (mostly) outdoor sports, concerts, or other events

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, Massachusetts Town in Massachusetts, United States

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 Greater Boston area. The population was 16,865 at the 2010 census.

Providence, Rhode Island Capital of Rhode Island

Providence is the capital and most populous city of the state of Rhode Island and is one of the oldest cities in the United States. It was founded in 1636 by Roger Williams, a Reformed Baptist theologian and religious exile from the Massachusetts Bay Colony. He named the area in honor of "God's merciful Providence" which he believed was responsible for revealing such a haven for him and his followers. The city is situated at the mouth of the Providence River at the head of Narragansett Bay.

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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. It continued to serve as a part-time home venue for higher attendance UMass games through the 2018 season.

New England Patriots National Football League franchise in Foxborough, Massachusetts

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 28 miles (45 km) southwest of downtown Boston, Massachusetts, and 25 miles (40 km) northeast of downtown Providence, Rhode Island. The Patriots are also headquartered at Gillette Stadium.

New England Revolution Major League Soccer team

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.

UMass Minutemen football

The UMass Minutemen football team represents the University of Massachusetts in the NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision. Massachusetts is the fourth oldest program currently in FBS. The Minutemen currently compete as an Independent.

The stadium was originally known as CMGI Field before the naming rights were bought by Gillette after the "dot-com" bust. [9] Although Gillette was acquired by Procter & Gamble (P&G) in 2005, the stadium retains the Gillette name. 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. [10] 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. [11] 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. [12]

Naming rights 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

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 an American brand of safety razors and other personal care products including shaving supplies, owned by the multi-national corporation Procter & Gamble (P&G).

Dot-com bubble Historic speculative bubble covering roughly 1997–2000

The dot-com bubble was a historic period of excessive speculation mainly in the United States that occurred roughly from 1994 to 2000, a period of massive growth in the use, 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. [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] The Patriots now tie the Pittsburgh Steelers for the most Super Bowl wins (6).

The Rolling Stones English rock band

The Rolling Stones are an English rock band formed in London in 1962. The first stable line-up consisted of bandleader Brian Jones, 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. 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. Since Wyman's departure in 1993, Darryl Jones has served as touring bassist. The Stones have not had an official keyboardist since 1963, but have employed several musicians in that role, including Jack Nitzsche (1965–1971), Nicky Hopkins (1967–1982), Billy Preston (1971–1981), Ian McLagan (1978–1981), and Chuck Leavell (1982–present).

Licks Tour concert tour held during 2002 and 2003 by The Rolling Stones

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 2002 edition of the Super Bowl

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 in 2019 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.

Providence/Stoughton Line

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.

Franklin Line

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 station from Boston during special events at Gillette Stadium, but a trial period of regular weekday service is planned.

Foxboro station Railway station in Foxborough, Massachusetts

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 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]

History

Foxboro Stadium

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. [18]

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. [19] [20]

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. [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), 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.

Design

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 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.[ 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. [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]

Events

NFL

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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, Super Bowl LI, and Super Bowl LIII. 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. 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.

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.

DateAway TeamResultHome TeamAttendance
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 37–34UMass Amherst8,321
October 20, 2012 Bowling Green 24–0UMass Amherst10,846
November 17, 2012 Buffalo 29–19UMass Amherst12,649
November 23, 2012 Central Michigan 42–21UMass Amherst6,385
September 7, 2013 Maine 24–14 UMass Amherst 15,624
September 21, 2013 Vanderbilt 24–7UMass Amherst16,419
October 12, 2013 Miami (OH) 10–17UMass Amherst21,707
October 26, 2013 Western Michigan 31–30UMass Amherst20,571
November 2, 2013 Northern Illinois 63–19UMass Amherst10,061
November 16, 2013 Akron 14–13UMass Amherst10,599
August 30, 2014 Boston College 30–7 UMass Amherst 30,479
September 6, 2014 Colorado 41–38UMass Amherst10,227
October 18, 2014 Eastern Michigan 14–36UMass Amherst12,030
September 19, 2015 Temple 25–23 UMass Amherst 10,141
October 24, 2015 Toledo 51–35UMass Amherst12,793
November 7, 2015 Akron 17–13UMass Amherst6,228
September 10, 2016 Boston College 26–7 UMass Amherst 25,112
September 24, 2016 Mississippi State 47–35UMass Amherst13,074
October 15, 2016 Louisiana Tech 56–28UMass Amherst13,311
November 10, 2018 BYU 35–16 UMass Amherst 14,082

Hockey

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

DateAway TeamResultHome TeamEventSpectators
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.

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. [42]

MLS Cup

DateWinning TeamResultLosing TeamTournamentSpectators
October 20, 2002 Flag of the United States.svg Los Angeles Galaxy 1-0 Flag of the United States.svg New England Revolution MLS Cup 2002 61,316

International soccer matches

Date

Winning TeamResultLosing TeamTournamentSpectators
May 19, 2002Flag of the Netherlands.svg  Netherlands 2-0Flag of the United States.svg  United States Friendly36,778
July 11, 2003Flag of the United States.svg  United States 2-0Flag of El Salvador.svg  El Salvador 2003 CONCACAF Gold Cup First Round33,652
Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg  Canada 1-0Flag of Costa Rica.svg  Costa Rica
July 13, 2003Flag of the United States.svg  United States 2–0Snake Flag of Martinique.svg  Martinique 2003 CONCACAF Gold Cup First Round8,780
Flag of Cuba.svg  Cuba 2–0Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg  Canada
July 15, 2003Flag of El Salvador.svg  El Salvador 1-0Snake Flag of Martinique.svg  Martinique 2003 CONCACAF Gold Cup First Round10,361
Flag of Costa Rica.svg  Costa Rica 3–0Flag of Cuba.svg  Cuba
July 19, 2003Flag of the United States.svg  United States 5-0Flag of Cuba.svg  Cuba 2003 CONCACAF Gold Cup Quarterfinals15,627
Flag of Costa Rica.svg  Costa Rica 5–2Flag of El Salvador.svg  El Salvador
September 27, 2003Flag of Norway.svg  Norway 7–1Flag of South Korea.svg  South Korea 2003 FIFA Women's World Cup First Round14,356
Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg  Canada 3–1Flag of Japan.svg  Japan
October 1, 2003Flag of the United States.svg  United States 1–0Flag of Norway.svg  Norway 2003 FIFA Women's World Cup Quarterfinals25,103
Flag of Sweden.svg  Sweden 2–1Flag of Brazil.svg  Brazil
July 11, 2005Flag of the United States.svg  United States 0-0Flag of Costa Rica.svg  Costa Rica 2005 CONCACAF Gold Cup Group B15,211
Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg  Canada 2-1Flag of Cuba.svg  Cuba
July 16, 2005Flag of Honduras.svg  Honduras 3-2Flag of Costa Rica.svg  Costa Rica 2005 CONCACAF Gold Cup Quarterfinals22,108
Flag of the United States.svg  United States 3-1Flag of Jamaica.svg  Jamaica
June 12, 2007Flag of the United States.svg  United States 4-0Flag of El Salvador.svg  El Salvador 2007 CONCACAF Gold Cup Group B26,523
Flag of Trinidad and Tobago.svg  Trinidad and Tobago 1-1Flag of Guatemala.svg  Guatemala
June 16, 2007Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg  Canada 3-0Flag of Guatemala.svg  Guatemala 2007 CONCACAF Gold Cup Quarterfinals22,412
Flag of the United States.svg  United States 2-1Flag of Panama.svg  Panama
September 12, 2007Flag of Brazil.svg  Brazil 3-1Flag of Mexico.svg  Mexico Friendly67,584
July 11, 2009Flag of the United States.svg  United States 2-2Flag of Haiti.svg  Haiti 2009 CONCACAF Gold Cup Group B24,137
Flag of Honduras.svg  Honduras 4-0Flag of Grenada.svg  Grenada
June 4, 2011Flag of Spain.svg  Spain 4-0Flag of the United States.svg  United States Friendly64,121
June 6, 2014Flag of Portugal.svg  Portugal 1-0Flag of Mexico.svg  Mexico Friendly56,292
July 10, 2015Flag of Honduras.svg  Honduras 1-1Flag of Panama.svg  Panama 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup Group A46,720
Flag of the United States.svg  United States 1-0Flag of Haiti.svg  Haiti
September 8, 2015Flag of Brazil.svg  Brazil 4-1Flag of the United States.svg  United States Friendly29,308
June 10, 2016Flag of Chile.svg  Chile 2–1Flag of Bolivia (state).svg  Bolivia Copa América Centenario Group D 19,392
June 12, 2016Flag of Peru (state).svg  Peru 1–0Flag of Brazil.svg  Brazil Copa América Centenario Group B 36,187
June 18, 2016Flag of Argentina.svg  Argentina 4–1Flag of Venezuela (state).svg  Venezuela Copa América Centenario Quarterfinal 59,183
May 19, 2019 Flag of England.svg Chelsea F.C. 3–0 Flag of the United States.svg New England Revolution Friendly27,329
July 29, 2019 Flag of Italy.svg A.C. Milan 0–0 Flag of Portugal.svg S.L. Benfica 2019 International Champions Cup 43,759

Lacrosse

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.

Collegiate

DatesTournamentsResultSpectators
DI DII DIII
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 Salisbury62,590
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 Salisbury59,501
May 12–28, 2018 Division I Men's, Division II & Division III Yale Merrimack Wesleyan 60,071

Major League Lacrosse

DateAwayResultHomeSpectators
April 12, 2015 Denver Outlaws 13-16 Boston Cannons 4,285
April 26, 2015 Charlotte Hounds 12-11 (OT)Boston Cannons3,612
May 3, 2015 New York Lizards 15-13Boston Cannons4,713
May 17, 2015 Rochester Rattlers 16-17 (OT)Boston Cannons5,654
May 30, 2015 Florida Launch 9-13Boston Cannons10,142
June 28, 2015 Chesapeake Bayhawks 11-14Boston Cannons7,211
July 11, 2015 Ohio Machine 19-12Boston Cannons6,813

[43]

Premier Lacrosse League

On February 15, 2019, the Premier Lacrosse League announced that Boston would be the first city on the schedule for the 2019 season. [44] It was also announced that Gillette Stadium would be the venue to host the league on June 1 and 2.

DateAwayResultHomeSpectators
June 1, 2019 Archers L.C. 13–12 (OT) Chrome L.C. PLL announced 13,681 over three games
(average of 4,560 for three games)
Whipsnakes L.C. 15–14 (OT) Chaos L.C.
June 2, 2019 Atlas L.C. 9–11 Redwoods L.C.

Women's Professional Lacrosse League

On June 2, 2019, Gillette will host a handful of games for the Women's Professional Lacrosse League to start their 2019 season. [45]

DateWinning TeamResultOpponentRef.
June 1, 2019 Command 11-8 Fire [46]
June 2, 2019 Fight 6-4 Pride

Concerts

DateArtistOpening act(s)Tour / Concert nameAttendanceGrossNotes
September 5, 2002 The Rolling Stones The Pretenders The Licks Tour
July 6, 2003 Metallica Limp Bizkit
LINKIN PARK
Deftones
Mudvayne
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 Tour39,717 / 41,354$2,850,279
July 23, 2005 Kenny Chesney Keith Urban
Gretchen Wilson
Uncle Kracker
Pat Green
The Somewhere in the Sun Tour50,860 / 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 Tour55,124 / 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
Sugarland
Sara Evans
Pat Green
The Flip-Flop Summer Tour56,926 / 56,926$4,496,363
July 26, 2008 Kenny Chesney Keith Urban
LeAnn Rimes
Gary Allan
Sammy Hagar
The Poets and Pirates Tour57,394 / 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
Gloriana
Justin Bieber
Fearless Tour 56,868 / 56,868$3,726,157Swift became the first woman to headline the stadium. [47]
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 Tour51,107 / 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$9,926,110Birth of no shoes nation [48]
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$9,464,063At the first show, Carly Simon was the special guest. [49]
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 Beyoncé
Jay-Z
The On the Run Tour 52,802 / 52,802$5,738,114Jay-Z became the first rapper to headline the stadium. [50]
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
Haim
The 1989 World Tour 116,849 / 116,849$12,533,166 Walk the Moon was the special guest. [51]
July 25, 2015 MKTO was the special guest. [52]
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 Beyoncé 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
Foxes
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
Midland
The No Shoes Nation Tour 2017121,642 / 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 Beyoncé
Jay-Z
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
Brothers Osborne
Brandon Lay
The Trip Around The Sun Tour121,714/121,714$11,631,679 [53]
August 25, 2018
September 14, 2018 Ed Sheeran Snow Patrol
Anne-Marie
÷ Tour 110,238 / 110,238$9,382,550
September 15, 2018
June 21, 2019 Luke Bryan Cole Swindell
Brett Young
Jon Langston
Sunset Repeat TourTBATBA
June 22, 2019 Dead & Company Summer Tour 2019 40,509 / 43,779$3,281,808
July 7, 2019 The Rolling Stones Gary Clark Jr No Filter Tour 49,669 / 49,669$11,675,732This concert was originally scheduled to take place on June 8, 2019 but was postponed due to Mick Jagger recovering from a heart procedure. [54]
August 17, 2019 George Strait The George Strait 2019 TourTBATBA
July 31, 2020 Taylor Swift TBA Lover Fest TBATBA
August 1, 2020

Other events

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

Monster Jam has been coming to the stadium since 2014.[ citation needed ]k

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. [55]

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. [56]

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. Solar cell panels on roof Gillette Stadium 2010.jpg
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. [57] [58] 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. [59]

The first phase of the project opened in fall of 2007, [60] 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. [59] 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. [61] 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. [62] 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.

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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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Preceded by
Foxboro Stadium
Home of the
New England Patriots

2002 – present
Succeeded by
current
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Foxboro Stadium
Home of the
New England Revolution

2002 – present
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current
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Columbus Crew Stadium
Host of the
MLS Cup

2002
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Home Depot Center
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Invesco Field at Mile High
Home of the
Drum Corps International
World Championship

2005
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Camp Randall Stadium
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M&T Bank Stadium
Home of the
NCAA Lacrosse Final Four

2008–2009
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M&T Bank Stadium
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Oakland Coliseum
RCA Dome
Heinz Field
Sports Authority Field at Mile High
Sports Authority Field at Mile High
Host of AFC Championship Game
2004
2008
2012–2013
2015
2017–2018
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Heinz Field
Heinz Field
Sports Authority Field at Mile High
Sports Authority Field at Mile High
Arrowhead Stadium
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Nationals Park
Host of the
NHL Winter Classic

2016
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Busch Stadium