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East - New England Patriots - Gillette Stadium
One Patriot Place
Foxboro, MA 2035
Name: Ralph Wilson Stadium
Home Team: Buffalo Bills
PLAYING SURFACE: GRASS
YEAR OPENED: 2002
After two decades at Foxboro Stadium, Gillette
Stadium is a major upgrade from the Patriots former
home. In the mid to late 1990’s, Patriots
owner Robert Kraft proposed the idea for a new stadium.
The Patriots needed a new stadium because Foxboro
Stadium had fewer amenities and seats than newer
stadiums had. After several bonds were not passed,
Kraft decided to use his own money to build the
Patriots a new stadium. Construction on the Patriots
new stadium began in early 2000. Like many other
NFL teams, the Patriots sold the naming rights to
the stadium. Originally, CMGI Investments purchased
the naming rights. However, in August 2002, the
Gillette Company bought the naming rights to the
stadium after CMGI Investments underwent financial
The New England Patriots played their first game
at Gillette Stadium on September 9, 2002. Gillette
Stadium is a vast improvement over Foxboro Stadium.
The stadium has around 68,000 seats, with the majority
on both sidelines. Gillette Stadium consists of
three seating decks. The lower section of seats
nearly enclose the field, while the club and upper
levels of seating are on both sides of the gridiron.
All of the seats are angled toward the 50 yard line
giving fans an excellent view of the game. Gillette
Stadium has 80 luxury suites, and over 6,000 club
Two massive video/scoreboards are located beyond
both endzones. Gillette Stadium also has a 120,000
square foot Patriots Club lounge that is used year-around.
Bringing a New England feel to the game is a lighthouse
motif and a bridge. These are located where many
fans enter the stadium at the North Portal Plaza.
Gillette Stadium is also the home of the New England
Revolutionary (MLS). The Patriots hope to have years
of success at Gillette Stadium. Bet on the Patriots
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Began: Winter 2000
Opened: September 9, 2002
Cost: $325 Million
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