Gillette Stadium, located in Foxboro near Boston, is home to the New England Patriots football team and the New England Revolution soccer team.
Gillette Stadium is also where you'll also see top Boston concerts featuring Taylor Swift, Bon Jovi, and other big stars.
Unlike Boston's other two sports arenas, Fenway Park and TD Garden, Gillette Stadium is located outside of the city in a huge sports-oriented entertainment complex / shopping mall called Patriot Place.
Restaurants, bars, stores, the Showcase Live performance center, and even an on-site hotel and hospital share space with the stadium, just 22 miles south of Boston.
Robert Kraft, owner of the Patriots and Revolution, built the entire complex after plans to relocate Foxboro Stadium, which he also owned, fell through. The old stadium was awful - hard aluminum bench seating that iced over during cold-weather games, a dirt parking lot that turned into a sea of mud whenever rain fell, unappealing concessions, and inadequate restrooms.
The gorgeous new state-of-the-art Gillette Stadium couldn't be more different - comfortable seats, plenty of well-designed (paved!) parking areas, over 500 concession sale points - and of course, wonderful places in adjacent Patriot Place to dine, chat with friends over drinks, shop, socialize, and have fun.
Now you can enjoy being a Patriots or Revolution fan - and watch the game in comfort. All Patriots home games have sold since the new stadium opened in 2002.
With almost 69,000 seats, 2 huge HDTV screens, over 1,000 monitors, and a terrific sound system, the stadium also hosts star-studded concerts.
Even if you're coming to Gillette Stadium from Boston, you may want to stay in a hotel in order to fully enjoy all the Patriot Place nightlife. Why spend hours waiting to get out of the parking lot when you can be relaxing and having fun instead? And don't forget that the deluxe Renaissance Hotel, located next to the stadium, has its own spa.
If you're coming to a game or show from even farther away, a hotel may be a necessity. Don't forget that there's plenty to do the next day in Patriot Place, plus huge bargains to snag just a few miles away at Wrentham Premium Outlets.
Location: Patriot Place, Route 1 (Washington St), Foxborough, MA
Park: Plenty of fee-based parking is available for game attendees, although it's pricey.
Don't want to drive? Check out other options for getting to Gillette Stadium from Boston - including the Patriot Train
Gillette Stadium tailgate parties begin EARLY on game days.
How early? Well, for an evening game, it's not unusual to see the parking lots full of fans hauling out their cooking gear by 10am -11am.
Although you'll see ordinary tailgate fare such as chili, Boston sports fans pride themselves on cooking up regional New England specialties like lobster, big pots of clam chowder, corn on the cob, grilled steaks, and much more.
If the mouth-watering aromas inspire you to have your own tailgate party, you'll need to bring your own cooking device. For the most flexibility, consider a camping outdoor oven and stove combo. This compact 2-burner stove is also a good option. And don't forget a portable coffee maker specially designed to go on your 2-burner stove.
Now, you're all set. Throw some steaks and lobsters into your cooler, and you'll have the fixin's for a tailgate feast while you wait for the Patriots or Revolution to kick off.
You'll never have to salivate over other fans' feasts again!
Here's a map showing the stadium as well as the rest of Patriot Place. You'll see plenty of signs to the complex from Route 1 - although you can also easily see the stadium as you approach along the highway.
Patriot Place - Find out about entertainment, fun shopping, where to stay, and best restaurants at Patriot Place, site of Gillette Stadium
Wrentham Village Outlets - Find the best designer discount shopping in New England with no sales tax on clothing items $175 or less, just a few miles from Gillette Stadium
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