Stadium #10
Gillette Stadium
Foxboro, MA
New England Patriots vs. San Diego Chargers
New England Patriots Stadium
September 16, 2007
38 - 14 Win

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Built: 2002
Capacity:  68,756 seats
Playing Surface: FieldTurf
Draft Beer: $7.50
Hot Dog: $3.75
Stadium Parking: $40.00
Gillette Stadium Address
One Patriot Place
Foxboro, MA 02035
(800) 543-1776
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Stadium Review - Gillette Stadium 2nd Row!

A trip to New England is certainly not complete without partaking in the essentials … a bread bowl of clam chowder from the Boston Chowda Co in Quincy Market, a dozen raw oysters at the Union Oyster House (established 1826 and widely acknowledged as America’s oldest restaurant in continuous service) or a brew at Cheers on Beacon Street, the place “where everyone knows your name”.  But to true neophytes, the experience to be savored is to join the Patriot faithful in Foxboro, MA to watch the hometown New England Patriots administer another good ‘ol fashioned butt-whopping on national TV.  That’s what I like to do, watch Belichick, Brady, and Co devour another defenseless victim … as long as it’s not my Buffalo Bills (then it’s just cruel).

New England Patriots StadiumI drove to Boston for the weekend hoping to take in a nationally televised NFL football double-header - the New England Patriots and San Diego Chargers in a vengeful bloodbath in Foxboro on Sunday night and the Philadelphia Eagles and Washington Redskins in a game of division rivals on Monday Night Football.  With no tickets for either game and a couple of hotel room reservations in Foxboro and New Jersey, I had my work cut out for myself and I figured to pay the price for my lack of preparedness.  I arrived at Gillette Stadium on gameday two and a half hours before kickoff and the parking lot was already full of rabid Patriots fans.  Throngs of tailgaters dressed in red, white, and blue started the day around eleven in the morning (for an 8:15 pm kickoff) and by the time I had arrived the party was in full swing.  Parking at Gillette Stadium is an outrageous $40 per car, but the warmth of the fans pregame preparations almost makes the price bearable – I said “almost,” it was still forty dollars I had to fork over (and I hadn't yet scored my cheap New England Patriots tickets)!  Once the parking sections fill up, full sized grills, collapsible tents, picnic tables, and flat screen TV’s with the NFL package fill in the center aisles … once parked you’re not going anywhere.  It looks like a make-shift eastern market  with vendors preparing some of the finest tailgating delights known to NFL fandom.

My ticket was graciously provided to me by three Patriots die-hards who quickly assimilated me into their gameday celebration.  Clint, “Tawd”, and “Cah-mine” had an extra ticket at the thirty-yard line of Section 130, seat 4, row 2!  We sat right behind the San Diego Chargers bench in a section filled with perennial championship-caliber fans that were hungry for another.  Friendly and welcoming, these folks made my gameday experience one of the best.  On this day the hometown would not be denied as the Brady to Moss connection lit up the hapless San Diego Chargers for two touchdowns on route to an eerily easy victory.  This all on the heels of the Belicheck-Gate video scandal accusing the New  England Patriots of cheating and casting doubt throughout the nation on the validity of the three championship banners that hung in Gillette Stadium.  If the Patriots were looking for vilification, they made a statement to the rest of the league in overwhelming yet another unworthy opponent, all in the national spotlight. 

The Food
Unfortunately, short of having Sam Adams on tap and available throughout the stadium (which in itself is enough to keep this fan coming back to Foxboro), the concessions in Gillette Stadium are nothing special to write about.  They have the standard brats, dogs, and nachos. But in an area of the country where folks know how to eat, the standard fare is fairly disappointing.  When you have fans in the parking lot stewing up their own chowda, boiling lobsters, and shucking oysters I guess that’s tough enough to compete with so Gillette Stadium concedes.  When I asked for something unique, something local to the area, the folks behind the counter at the concessions stand could only shrug their shoulders.  A better effort is required here in my opinion.

For more information on the city of Boston, Massacheusetts check out my other reviews by clicking on the links below:
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City of Boston Local Information  
Top Tourist Attractions:
Quincy Market
The Freedom Trail, Paul Revere House, King's Chapel, Old North Church
Fenway Park
Salem, MA

Local Foods:
Clam Chowda, Fresh Lobster, Fresh Seafood

What They're Drinkin':

Tailgating Hotspots:
Parking: $40. Opens 4 hours before kickoff, closes 2 hours after the game.

Fan Resources:
Pocket Map of Boston
Metro Rail Map (MBTA)
Stadium Policy
Stadium Parking Map

Local Sports Media:
The Boston Globe

Boston Herald
The Providence Journal
Popular Bars:
Boston Beer Works 
Doyle's Cafe 
Franklin Cafe 
Oak Bar 
Black Rose 

Best Restaurants:
Union Oyster House (oldest oyster bar in America)
Durgin-Park (fantastic classic New England restaurant)
Warren Tavern (historic location serving local chow)

Getting to the Stadium:
Gillette Stadium is located in Foxboro, MA which is a suburb of Boston, however the MBTA runs a special service to and from all New England Patriots home games.   Tickets are $12 and the return train departs 30 minutes after the conclusion of the game.  Your best bet is to drive to the stadium and tailgate in one of the many lots surrounding Gillette Stadium.

Where to Stay:
Definitely plan on staying in downtown Boston. You won’t want to miss the opportunity to lose yourself in history, dine on fresh seafood, or enjoy the fascinating nightlife offered downtown. The Radisson Hotel Boston or Nine Zero are both situated within walking distance of all that downtown Boston has to offer.  The Liberty Hotel is also very nice; it's located on Beacon Hill.

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According to the website above, public tours of Gillette Stadium are not currently available.  However, the website does mention a 30-minute tour of the facility that is offered during certain times of the year.  These tours of Gillette Stadium include visits to the NFL visiting team locker room and time on the sidelines of the field as well as several other areas not accessible to the general public.   When available, the tour sound like a worthwhile investment for any New England Patriots fan.

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jamie crane from Lowell, MA
Sent: Tuesday, August 18, 2009 11:33 PM
  Thanks for the plug for Boston Chowda Co. I work in sales for BCC and we are actually bidding for the chowder business this year. Our two submissions placed 1 & 2 in the tasting, but thats no guarantee. Someone who's chowder sucks will win by submitting a better "marketing program" That's means a check in the food service industry.
    Graham Smith from the United Kingdom
Sent: Tuesday, February 10, 2009 07:09:39 EST
I was reading your write up on the New England Patriots and happened to be at the same game you were against San Diego, I thought other readers may be interested in the way we got to the game. We incorporated the match into a two week holiday in Boston and was told the best way to get to Foxboro was by the special train that runs every match game. Take my advice DONT by the time we reached our seat the gane had already started and going home we arrived back in Boston at 3.30am due to signal problems however, I was told this was a regular event and that on many occasions the train had broke down. Boston as a place was fantastic and we will go again as for the game next time I will definitely be going by car.  I have now done 15 grounds and Washington is on my agenda for this year.
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