Gillette Stadium is a stadium in the northeastern United States, located in Foxborough, Massachusetts, 28 miles (45 km) southwest of downtown Boston and twenty miles (32 km) northeast of downtown Providence, Rhode Island. It opened 17 years ago in 2002, replacing the adjacent Foxboro Stadium. The seating capacity is 65,878, including 5,876 club seats and 89 luxury suites.
Aerial view from south in 2007
|Former names||CMGI Field (2002)|
|Address||1 Patriot Place|
|Public transit|| |
at Foxboro station (game days only)
|Owner||The Kraft Group|
|Operator||The Kraft Group|
|Field size||American football:|
120 yd × 53 1/3 yd
Soccer: 116 yd × 75 yd
|Broke ground||March 24, 2000|
|Construction cost||$325 million|
($453 million in 2018)
|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)
New England Revolution II (USL1) (2020-present)
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). It was also the home stadium for University of Massachusetts (UMass) Minutemen football in 2012, while on-campus Warren McGuirk Alumni Stadium underwent renovations. It continued to serve as a part-time home venue for higher attendance UMass games through 2018.
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. 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. 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.
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 the venue on September 5 on the band's Licks Tour; Jeremiah Freed was the opening band at the WBCN River Rave on June 9, making them the first band to ever play Gillette Stadium. Grand opening ceremonies were held on September 9, when the Patriots unveiled their Super Bowl XXXVI championship banner before a Monday Night Football game against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
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 at Foxboro Stadium; by September 2016, it had reached 231 games.
- 1 History
- 2 Events
- 3 Playing surface
- 4 Patriot Place
- 5 See also
- 6 References
- 7 External links
From 1971 through 2001, 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.
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).
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. 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. The lighthouse and bridge are now featured on the stadium's logo.
For the first eight years of its existence the stadium used a video display, with a smaller LED scoreboard just beneath it, at each end of the field. The south side also had a large LED scoreboard in addition to the smaller one. In 2010, the stadium installed two new high definition Daktronics video displays to replace the entire previous setup at both ends. At the time of their construction, the larger screen, at 41.5 feet tall and 164 feet wide (12.6 m x 50.0 m), was the second-largest video monitor in any NFL stadium; only AT&T Stadium had a larger one.
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 Bowls XXXVIII, XXXIX, XLIX, LI, and 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. 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.
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|
|Date||Away Team||Result||Home Team||Event||Spectators|
|December 31, 2015||Les Canadiennes de Montreal||1-1||Boston Pride||2016 Outdoor Women's Classic||-|
|January 1, 2016||Montreal Canadiens||5-1||Boston Bruins||2016 NHL Winter Classic||67,246|
Notable soccer gamesEdit
Memorable Major League Soccer playoff victories include wins over the Chicago Fire in the 2005 and 2007 Eastern Conference Final, sending the Revs to the MLS Cup. Additionally, the venue hosted MLS Cup 2002, four games of the 2003 FIFA Women's World Cup, and some Copa America Centenario matches in 2016.
|Date||Winning Team||Result||Losing Team||Tournament||Spectators|
|October 20, 2002||Los Angeles Galaxy||1-0||New England Revolution||MLS Cup 2002||61,316|
International soccer matchesEdit
|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|
Major League LacrosseEdit
|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|
Premier Lacrosse LeagueEdit
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.
|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 LeagueEdit
|June 1, 2019||Command||11-8||Fire|||
|June 2, 2019||Fight||6-4||Pride|
|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|
|September, 2, 2007||Jimmy Buffett||—||Bama Breeze Tour||—||—|
|September 8, 2007||Jimmy Buffett||—||Bama Breeze Tour||—||—|
|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
|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||$11,631,679|
|August 25, 2018|
|September 14, 2018||Ed Sheeran||Snow Patrol
|÷ Tour||110,238 / 110,238||$9,382,550|
|September 15, 2018|
|June 21, 2019||Luke Bryan||Cole Swindell
|Sunset Repeat Tour||TBA||TBA|
|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||$11,675,732||This concert was originally scheduled to take place on June 8, 2019 but was postponed due to Mick Jagger recovering from a heart procedure.|
|August 17, 2019||George Strait||The George Strait 2019 Tour||TBA||TBA|
|July 31, 2020||Taylor Swift||Jon Bauman||Lover Fest||TBA||TBA|
|August 1, 2020|
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. Normally, NFL rules insist that such work could only be done during the off-season; however, the grass field was in such poor condition, the league agreed to waive the rule. The entire job was done during a two-week road trip, with three shifts working around the clock. The Patriots' first game on the surface was a victory over the previously 9–1 Chicago Bears on November 26. Brady and his teammates commended the much-improved surface. 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. 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.
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.
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