Gillette Stadium (The Razor)
|Country||United States of America|
|Clubs||New England Revolution|
|Inauguration||11/05/2002 (NE Revolution - Dallas Burn 2-0)|
|Construction||24/03/2000 - 04/2002|
|Record attendance (MLS)||61,316 (NE Revolution - LA Galaxy 2-0, 20/10/2002)|
|Address||One Patriot Place, Foxborough, MA|
|Hints||There is a 12-story New england's lighthouse replica behind one of the goals|
Gillette Stadium – stadium description
Decision to build a new stadium for New England Patriots was almost certain by late 1980s. Dated Foxboro Stadium was heavily dated then, had poor amenities and was among the smallest throughout the NFL. It also contributed to serious debt issues of the Patriots, prompting sale to billionaire Robert Kraft.
It was Kraft who financed the new stadium, though evaluation of potential sites in the region (including Boston and Providence) took some time. Finally northern Foxborough was selected as the most suitable place, attracting fans from both Massachusetts and Rhode Island.
Design was awarded to HOK Sport (now Populous) and was expected to be based on the Baltimore Ravens home. One feature desired by Kraft himself was for the stadium to have an inspiring northern gate. Architects used local references and created a lighthouse (based on numerous New England lighthouses) and a pedestrian bridge (resembling Longfellow Bridge in Boston).
Apart from these aesthetic accents the stadium has a regular 3-tier structure with around 6,000 business seats in the middle one. It also houses 87 skyboxes, while regular capacity is nearly 70,000. All of it is used for the Patriots’ NFL games (sold out since opening!), while the smaller soccer franchise New England Revolution open no less than 20,000 to the public.
Apart from Patriots and Revolution (both of which are owned by Kraft), the stadium is used by NCAA football side UMass Minutemen. It also hosted numerous international events, including games of the CONCACAF Gold Cup or the Women’s World Cup.
Since its opening in 2002 the stadium has been known as Gillette Stadium. While the name is a commercial one, it earned the stadium its nickname of The Razor. After prolonging the contract, Gillette will remain in the name until 2031.
USA: Renovation of an important part of Gillette Stadium
The great American facility is now more than 20 years old. This Memorial Day, May 29, when the nation honours and memorialises US servicemen and women who have made the ultimate sacrifice serving their country, the Gillette Stadium Authority has announced a new and improved Row of Honour.
USA: How are things going at Gillette Stadium this winter?
FIFA World Cup 2022 ended just a few weeks ago, but everyone's thoughts are already on the next tournament in 2026. The organizers of this competition are not idle and are preparing facilities. Among them is the currently renovated arena in Foxborough.
Copa America 2024: USA to host the tournament
CONMEBOL and CONCACAF have signed an agreement for the cooperation of international and club competitions. Under the contract, it was also agreed that the next edition of the Copa America would be organized by the United States. It will be the second such event organized by this country.
USA: Plans to upgrade one of the stadiums for 2026 World Cup
The list of host cities for the next World Cup, to be held in the USA, Mexico and Canada, has recently been announced. One of them is Kansas City. The perspective of hosting teams and fans from all over the world has caused genuine joy among many of its residents. It’s true that other sports are still more popular in the USA, but 'soccer' is consistently gaining more fans.
World Cup 2026: Host cities announced!
For the first time a FIFA World Cup will be hosted by as many as three countries: USA, Mexico and Canada. In fact, the United States will be the main host and the other two countries will help to organise the event mainly symbolically. Either way, the 2026 football World Cup will be played at impressive venues!
USA: The biggest renovation in Gillette Stadium history
The United States is not idle when it comes to upgrading its sports arenas. This time it is Foxborough and the combined arena of both New England Patriots and New England Revolution. The stadium will undergo a renovation worth well over $200 million.
USA: Gillette Stadium will be renovated
New England Patriots are transforming Gillette Stadium. The revamp project will begin in early 2022 and its price tag is $225 million. The facility is also used by New England Revolution in Major League Soccer.
USA: Your stadium guide for MLS 2021 is ready! [Eastern Conference]
MLS is finally back! Ahead of the new season with 27 clubs we have for you a stadium preview. Let's begin our guide with the Eastern Conference.
2026 World Cup: Canada, Mexico and (largely) USA win
As we await the joy and sadness of this year's World Cup, we've also learnt who will host the 2026 edition. For the first time in history three host countries will hold the event. Also, no new stadium (!) is listed for the event.
Copa America Centenario: Record-breaking, but far from perfect
You only have a centenary once, so CONMEBOL celebrated with a massive party. And while Copa America Centenario was the largest ever, still one in three stadium seats remained empty.
Foxboro: Revolution might leave Gillette Stadium
Gillette Stadium and MLS’s New England Revolution have the same owners, but this doesn’t mean they’re a perfect match. The team will leave, even if not just yet. TheBentMusket.com report.
Copa América Centenario: Greatest tournament ever… almost
No World Cup ever had stadiums as big as those of the ongoing Copa América 2016! Americans again outgrow the rest of the world, but… the ticket demand isn’t exactly there.
USA: This time hockey at “The Razor”
On Friday the 8th NHL Winter Classic will take place, this time at Gillette Stadium. It will be the first one inside The Razor, but second for wider Boston area.
USA: Are these the venues for Copa America 2016?
We’ve had the last Copa America this year, but there’s one much, much bigger coming up in 2016. Why? It’s the centenary and USA will host one of the world’s largest tournaments. Again.
Boston: Revolution focused on downtown stadium?
New England Revolution have been looking to get their first football-specific MLS stadium for some time now. All indications suggest it’s going to be just south of downtown Boston.
USA: Boston’s wishful Olympic dream
National Olympic committee of the US accepted Boston as the official candidate for the 2024 Olympic bid procedure. However, key elements of the vision don’t seem convincing at this point.
USA: Players and coaches with microphones?
In an attempt to bring more fans to NFL games, the league authorities are planning to plant microphones onto players and coaches, allowing everyone to hear what they say. According to Sports Business Journal, it’s a matter of a couple upcoming seasons.
USA: Bar-type standing terraces growing in the NFL?
An executive of the NFL predicts that future stadiums may be less about watching the game and more about a bar-type atmosphere of special decks with standing room. LA Times and NBC report.