Gillette Stadium

Gillette Stadium

stadium_name = Gillette Stadium

location = 1 Patriot Place
Foxborough, Massachusetts 02035
broke_ground = March 24, 2000
opened = May 11, 2002 (partial)
September 9, 2002 (grand)
owner = Robert Kraft
operator = Robert Kraft
surface = FieldTurf (2006–present)
Grass (2002–2006)
construction_cost = $325 million
architect = John Bolles
former_names = CMGI Field (before opening)
tenants = New England Patriots (NFL) (2002–present)
New England Revolution (MLS) (2002–present)
seating_capacity = 68,756

Gillette Stadium is the home stadium for the New England Patriots football team and the New England Revolution soccer team. Located in Foxborough, Massachusetts, the facility opened in 2002, replacing Foxboro Stadium. [cite web|url=|title=Stadium Information|publisher=New England Patriots/Gillette Stadium|accessdate=2008-10-10] The seating capacity is 68,756, including 6,000 club seats and 87 luxury suites. The stadium is owned and operated by Massachusetts businessman Robert Kraft, who also owns the Patriots and Revolution. [cite web|url=|title=Gillette Stadium Quick Facts|publisher=New England Patriots/Gillette Stadium|accessdate=2008-10-10] The stadium was originally known as CMGI Field before the naming rights were bought by Gillette after the "dot-com" bust.cite news|url=|title=CMGI Field is now Gillette Stadium |date=August 5, 2002||accessdate=2008-10-11] Although Gillette has since merged with Procter & Gamble, the stadium retains the Gillette name because P&G has continued to use the Gillette brand name. Additionally, uBid (until April 2003 a wholly owned subsidiary of CMGI) as of 2006 continues to sponsor one of the main entrance gates to the stadium. [cite news|url=|title=CMGI and New England Patriots Agree to Revise Sponsorship Agreement|coauthors=Business Editors|date=August 5, 2002 |publisher=Business Wire|accessdate=2008-10-11]

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. [Citation|last=Vaillancourt |first=Meg |title=Foxborough Ok's Patriots Stadium |newspaper= Boston Globe|date=December 7, 1999 |year =1999] The first official event was a New England Revolution game on May 11, 2002. [cite web|url=|title=Gillette Stadium|publisher=New England Revolution|accessdate=2008-10-11] The Rolling Stones also played at Gillette Stadium on September 5, 2002 on the band's Licks Tour. [cite news|url=|title=Stones can still get yer ya-ya's out
last=Gundersen|first=Edna|date=September 4, 2002|work=USA Today|accessdate=2008-10-11
] 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. [cite news|url=|title=New stadium is champion Pats' crowning jewel|last=Pedulla|first=Tom|date=September 6, 2002|work=USA Today|accessdate=2008-10-11]


Concept and funding

By the 1990s, the Patriots needed the increased revenue that would come with a new stadium to remain competitive in the NFL, as Foxboro Stadium had become obsolete and was no longer economically viable. Robert Kraft, who had owned the stadium since 1988, purchased the Patriots in 1994 and began a quest to build a more financially lucrative home for his team. After failing to reach an agreement with the City of Boston or the State of Rhode Island, Kraft and the Patriots reached an agreement with the State of Connecticut to build a new stadium in Hartford in 1998. However, issues with the site selected and external pressures from the NFL and other sources caused Kraft to exercise his right to void the agreement reached with Connecticut.





Notable games

The venue has hosted the NFL's nationally–televised primetime season–opening games in 2004 and 2005 (when the Patriots unveiled their championship banners from Super Bowls XXXVIII and XXXIX). The stadium also played host to the 2003 AFC Championship Game, in which the Patriots defeated the Indianapolis Colts 24–14. Eight days earlier it played host to the coldest game in New England Patriots history when in the AFC Divisional Playoff game when the Patriots defeated the Tennessee Titans 17–14. Fact|date=July 2007 Further, Gillette Stadium also hosted the 2007 AFC Championship Game, with the Patriots defeating the San Diego Chargers, 21–12. Additionally, the venue hosted 2002 MLS Cup and four games of the 2003 FIFA Women's World Cup. Gillette Stadium also hosted the NCAA Men's Lacrosse Championships in 2008.

Playing surface

On November 14, 2006, two days after a rainstorm contributed to the deterioration of the grass surface in a Patriots loss against the New York Jets, team management decided to replace the natural grass surface with 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.

Field logo

Two gray logos appear on the 50 yard line of the playing field. They are the stadium logo, representing the bridge and tower at the east entrance to the stadium.

Patriot Place

Patriot Place is built around the stadium and owned by the Patriots. Phase 1 opened in the Fall of 2007. It is described as a "super regional lifestyle and entertainment center". It includes Circuit City, Bed Bath & Beyond, Christmas Tree Shops, Staples, Off Broadway Shoes,and New England's first Bass Pro Shops. Phase 2 will include a 4–star hotel, and many other retail and dining outlets. In December 2007, it was announced that CBS would build a themed restaurant and nightclub at the site. CBS owned WBZ-TV, and their sibling stations, independent television station WSBK-TV and five local stations owned by CBS Radio will operate remote broadcasting locations from an on–site restaurant, which will be called CBS Scene [ [ Patriot Place - Everyone wins! - There is something for everyone at Patriot Place ] ] . Also included will be a Hall at Patriot Place, honoring the Patriots accomplishments and Super Bowl championships.

Notes and references

External links

* [ Gillette Stadium Website]
* [ Web Cam of Gillette Stadium]
* [ Official Patriot Place Website]

succession box
title = Home of the
New England Patriots
years = 2002 – present
before = Foxboro Stadium
after = current
succession box
title = Home of the
New England Revolution
years = 2002 – present
before = Foxboro Stadium
after = current
succession box
title = host of the
years = 2002
before = Columbus Crew Stadium
after = Home Depot Center
succession box
title = Home of the
Drum Corps International
World Championship
years = 2005
before = Invesco Field at Mile High
after = Camp Randall Stadium
succession box
title = Home of the
NCAA Lacrosse Final Four
years = 2008 – 2009
before = M&T Bank Stadium
after = N/A

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