Gillette Stadium is home to one of the sports world’s greatest franchises, the New England Patriots.
The venue opened in 2002, and as of 2018, has hosted eight AFC Championship Games.
Gillette Stadium is in Foxborough, Massachusetts on 1 Patriots Place.
The town of 16,000 is 28 miles southwest of Boston and 20 miles northeast of Providence, Rhode Island.
From 2002 to 2014, the Revolution competed in five MLS Cup Finals.
Gillette Stadium replaced Foxboro Stadium which had been the Patriots home from 1971 through 2001.
As the name suggests, the venue was in Foxborough.
Besides the Patriots, Gillette Stadium is home to the New England Revolution of Major League Soccer.
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Gillette Stadium's History
In the late 1990s, Patriots owner Robert Kraft looked to build a new stadium in South Boston.
Plans were abandoned after residents vehemently opposed the idea.
Similar results happened with stadium proposals in Providence and Hartford, Connecticut.
The failure in Hartford caused the governor of Connecticut to proclaim himself a lifelong New York Jets fan.
Lawmakers in Foxborough approved plans for a new stadium in late 1999.
Construction began the following March.
Kraft paid all the construction costs for Gillette Stadium—a rarity for NFL owners.
Gillette Stadium opened in 2002 and was originally named “CMGI Field.” Procter & Gamble, the company that owns Gillette, has secured naming rights through 2031.
Gillette Stadium’s first event was a Revolution match.
The first musical act to play at the venue was Jeremiah Freed.
The first big act to perform at Gillette Stadium were the Rolling Stones.
They rocked the house on Sept. 5, 2002.
Four days later, Gillette Stadium enjoyed its grand opening and unveiled the Patriots’ championship banner for winning Super Bowl XXXVI.
Notable acts that have appeared at Gillette Stadium include AC/DC, Bon Jovi, Bruce Springsteen, Kenny Chesney, Metallica, Taylor Swift, and U2.
In 2006, owners of Gillette Stadium added an open-air shopping center. Also in the complex is a movie theater, a medical center, and a four-star hotel.
In 2007, Hall at Patriot Place opened.
The museum contains a pro shop and the New England Patriots Hall of Fame.
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