NFL Stadium Visitor Guides – Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, MA (New England Patriots)

Home Opener - Philadelphia Eagles (10 September 2023)

by Adam & Megan

Ahead of the start of the 2023 NFL Season, we’re putting together a series of NFL Stadium Visitor Guides highlighting some of the key features and facilities, as well as a selection of ‘New Attractions’ and ‘Visitor Highlights’ in and around each stadium.

Next Up: Gillette Stadium, Foxborough


Gillette Stadium, Foxborough-Game Day


First opened in May 2002, adjacent to the site of the former Foxboro Stadium – which has since been replaced by the open-air Patriot Place shopping centre – the 64,628 capacity Gillette Stadium is located 22 miles southwest of downtown Boston in the town of Foxborough, and is currently home to both six-time Super Bowl champions, the New England Patriots of the National Football League (NFL) and the New England Revolution of Major League Soccer (MLS).

Ahead of the 2023 NFL season, Gillette Stadium has undergone a large-scale $225 million renovation and improvement project featuring the most widespread transformational improvements and investments made to the stadium since its opening in 2002.


Gillette Stadium Rendering


In 2002, Gillette Stadium was designed with a bridge and lighthouse in the north end of the stadium, iconic to the New England coastline. The stadium now features a new, more prominent lighthouse that continues to serve as the venue’s signature view. Measuring 218-feet tall and featuring a 360-degree observation deck with views of Foxborough center, the Boston and Providence skylines and beyond, the lighthouse towers over the north end of the Enel Plaza and interior of the stadium.  

Guests visiting Gillette Stadium and Patriot Place on non-game days also have the opportunity to ascend to the top of the lighthouse to take in the panoramic views and capture one-of-a-kind keepsake photos.

The new videoboard is the largest outdoor stadium video board in the country and measures 22,200 square feet (370 feet by 60 feet). It features a curved radius, is almost half an acre in size and over five times the size of the board it replaced. Together with the south end videoboard, which measures 11,660 square feet (220 by 53 feet), the boards provide over three times the square footage of the previous boards for fans to enjoy the event experience.


Gillette Stadium Rendering


Last month, Gillette Stadium and Anheuser Busch announced Celebration Beer Hall, a premium space that boasts a 2,000-square-foot outdoor patio and 4,000-square-foot interior. This new location provides unprecedented access to view Patriots and Revolution players as they walk through the tunnel and out onto the field on game days.

Located adjacent to Gillette, The ProShop is the NFL’s premier store for everything Patriots, with a wide selection of merchandise ranging from jerseys to party gear, exclusive items, and authentic signed memorabilia. The ProShop is also home to everything New England Revolution including player jerseys, authentic balls and team scarves.


Celebration Beer Hall Rendering


The New England Patriots have eight home games scheduled for the 2023 NFL Season, opening with a visit from the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday 10 September 2023, 4:25pm EDT.

The 2023 home schedule also sees visits from the New Orleans Saints on Sunday 8 October, Washington Commanders on Sunday 5 November, and Kansas City Chiefs on Monday 18 December.

For more information on the stadium and the 2023 season, please visit: https://www.patriots.com/schedule/


Boston Marathon runners headed for Kenmore Square, from the vantage point of the Harvard Bridge. Photo by Kyle Klein


TOP ATTRACTIONS & VISITOR HIGHLIGHTS

Massachusetts: A Sports Destination

Massachusetts has an illustrious history as a professional and amateur sports destination. Basketball (1891) and volleyball (1895) were invented in Massachusetts in the 19th century. The annual Boston Marathon, launched in 1897, is considered one of the world’s greatest road races, drawing 30,000 runners and millions of fans lining the 26.2 mile course.

Massachusetts is home to major professional sports teams, various minor league and semi- professional teams, and 60 NCAA institutions and athletic conferences at the college level. 

On December 9, 2023, Massachusetts will host for the first time the prestigious Army- Navy Football Game at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough. And in 2026, Boston is one of the cities hosting World Cup Soccer 2026, with games also being held at Gillette Stadium.

Common Sports in the Bay State

Baseball, basketball, football, hockey, soccer and lacrosse are most popular in Massachusetts, thanks to the championship professional teams and robust collegiate and amateur programs.

A variety of other sports are popular in Massachusetts, such as, swimming, diving and water sports, sailing, surfing, wind surfing, equestrian riding, field hockey, track & field, rugby, boxing, gymnastics, volleyball, golf and fencing.

In addition, sports-related recreational pursuits popular in Massachusetts include boating and fishing; hunting, shooting, and trapping; climbing and hiking; snow activities such as skiing, ice skating and snowshoeing; and motorcycling, ATVing, and bicycling.

The Special Olympics, founded in 1968 by Massachusetts native Eunice Kennedy Shriver, operates year-round with 15,000 athletes competing in more than 500 events.

The Massachusetts Office of Travel and Tourism has put together a handy Massachusetts Sports Trail that connects the multiple sporting assets across the entire commonwealth.


Red Sox at Fenway Park – Boston © Massachusetts Office Of Travel & Tourism


Sports Museums and Sports Tours in Massachusetts

Greater Boston:

  • Fenway Park: Fenway Park Tours provide a 50- minute historic walking tour of the ballpark – home to the Boston Red Sox – guided by an official Fenway Park Tour Guide.
  • The Hall at Patriot Place: The Hall at Patriot Place is a modern “museum” that takes guests through Patriots and New England football history in a cutting-edge way, utilising video and audio to tap into fans’ emotions in a manner never before seen in a sports museum. 

  • The Sports Museum at TD Bank Garden: The Sports Museum is a non-profit educational institution whose mission is to use sports to teach the values of leadership, respect, and cooperation to our youth. Nearly 10,000 students participate yearly in our educational programs. The Sports Museum features a half-mile of exhibits celebrating the legends and legendary moments of Boston sports. The Sports Museum presents a variety of fundraising events each year celebrating the character and characters of Boston sports. 

Western Massachusetts:

  • The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame: Springfield, MA is the birthplace of basketball and home to nearly three hundred inductees and more than 40,000 square feet of basketball history.
  • The Volleyball Hall of Fame: Holyoke, Massachusetts is the birthplace of volleyball and home to the Volleyball Hall of Fame (VBHF). William G. Morgan, inventor of volleyball at the Holyoke YMCA in 1895, was honoured posthumously as first inductee of Volleyball Hall of Fame in 1985. 

Cape Cod

  • Cape Cod Baseball League Hall of Fame: Housed at the John F. Kennedy Museum in Hyannis, the Cape Cod Baseball League Hall of Fame honors the past accomplishments of the many standout players, coaches and those who have extended enthusiastic support throughout the years. 

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