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Gillette Stadium
Foxboro, MA
New York Jets vs. New England Patriots
New England Patriots Stadium
December 6, 2010
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  Stadium Vitals
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
- Monday Night Football Matchup
Quest for 31 at Gillette StadiumNothing quite compares to a sports fan from Boston, Massachusetts. Combine that distinct Boston accent, with an in-depth knowledge of the game, and then stir in a little of that Irish temperament, and you my friends, have the recipe for a passionate group of fans that were bred for the game of football.

In an area where all four of the major sports leagues are represented, the New England area is truly an exceptional sports Mecca. These fans live and die by their local teams and more importantly, they love a great rivalry, like Red Sox-Yankees or Lakers-Celtics. So with the recent rise to prominence of the New York Jets, the Patriots-Jets rivalry is quickly becoming a fan favorite as well.

Hans Steiniger at Gillette StadiumConsidering their dominance of the NFL over the course of the last decade, the New England Patriots organization has become the model that all teams strive to emulate. They have a cerebral staff that puts its players in a position to win each week and a top notch front office that consistently reloads via the NFL draft and through free agency. With Bill Belichick at the helm and Tom Brady under center, the Patriots continue to be a force to be reckoned with in the AFC and a consistent Super Bowl threat. Enter the New York Jets, the brash new kids on the block that are building something impressive with Rex Ryan in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The Jets are bold and opinionated and they apologize for nothing. So itís fitting with both team sitting at 9-2, and with the division title and home field advantage throughout the playoffs at stake, that they should meet on Monday Night Football in Foxboro, Massachusetts and that I should be there to be part of it all.

Mark Sanchez's Dawg in BostonI always have a great time on my trips to Gillette Stadium. Patriots fans are die hard, all weather gamers that put on a great tailgate and always know how to make you feel welcomed in the lots surrounding Gillette Stadium. Located near the ocean, they generally pull out all the stops on gameday with a wide assortment of seafoods and chow-dahs nestled under pop up 10x10 tailgate tents. Walking the lot, youíll see lots of boiled Maine lobster, bacon wrapped scallops, fresh fish, and even an oddity or two. I approached a group of Pats fans that had a charcoal grilled rotisserie going with an odd looking animal on the spit. Now Iíve been to a lot of tailgates, and Iíve seen pig roasts, whole chickens, and slabs of beef spinning over a bed of coals, but Iíd never seen anything like this. When I asked what it was, they told me it was ďMark Sanchezís DawgĒ. Iíd never tried roasted dog before, and the thing looked exactly like a charbroiled greyhound, flame broiled and ready for a taste. You know me, Iím game to try anything, so half way into my Fido sandwich, one of the guys finally took pity on me and confessed that it was a whole lamb they were roasting. I gotta tell you, I was a bit disappointed. I guess Iíll have to wait for my next trip to Asia before I can taste a bit of manís best friend on a slow roasted spit.

Monty From RazorsEdgeMy tailgating host for the evening was a group called RazorsEdgeTailgate.com. Theyíre typically a large group of 50-70 tailgaters and they were kind enough to invite me and a small group of Questers to break bread with them for the evening. Arranging these larger groups once in the lot at Gillette Stadium is a little more difficult that at most stadiums because the  stadium parking lots are not setup on a first come first serve basis. As you enter the lot, stadium staffers direct each car to a spot that they choose one right after another, so unless you drive in with your tailgating group, itís likely that youíll be placed all over the lot instead of having the freedom to select where you want to park. To get around this, most tailgating groups pick a rendezvous point to meet up at before heading over, so we met up with most of the RazorsEdgeTailgate in an abandoned parking lot near the stadium and convoyed into the lot. Once in place, the crew from Razorís Edge Tailgate setup heaters and tents, while I donned my multilayered thermal fatsuit. Being a Monday Night Football game with gametime temperatures dipping into the teens, I wanted to be sure Iíd be well prepared.

RazorsEdgeTailgate.com on the Quest for 31The Crew from Razorís Edge set out an impressive variety of meats and seafood in true New England Fashion. Starting with a hot bowl of homemade Jambalaya, I soon graduated to samplings of local sausage, marinated chicken, bacon wrapped scallops, pieces of pork loin, and some marinated steak tips. It was an exceptional collection of foodstuffs with something for everyone. Bottles of Sam Adams were passed around along with some cans of Miller High Life (my measly contribution to the decadent affair Ö Iím such an embarrassment at times).

Razorís Edge boasts two New England Patriots fans of the year, Karen Cardoza and Randy Pierce. I had the pleasure of meeting Randy while hanging out with the Razorís Edge Crew and was most impressed by his story. Randy is a life-long, die hard fan of the New England Patriots who lost his sight back in 1989 at the age of 22, due to an unknown neurological disorder. Randy continues to attend every Patriots home game, flanked by his guide dog Quinn, and is an incredibly astute student of the game. Talking football with Randy is like standing next to an encyclopedia, he remembers everything and sees the game Randy Pierce from RazorsEdgeTailgateunlike anyone Iíve encountered. Randyís latest adventure, known as 2020 Vision Quest is to climb all 48 of the rugged 4000+ foot peaks in the New Hampshire White Mountains in an effort to raise funds for the services that helped him cope with blindness, The New Hampshire Association for the Blind, and Guiding Eyes for the Blind. More details are available on his website 2020visionquest.org. Anyway, after some great conversation and additional sampling of tailgate fodder, gametime was soon upon us and we began the trek into Gillette Stadium.

The last time I was in town, Patriots Place, the outdoor mall located adjacent to the stadium, was under construction. Now just over three years later, itís an awesome collection of premiere shopping and great sports bars. Open on gameday and throughout the week, it makes the stadium area around Gillette Stadium a more functional, year-round merchandise epicenter for holiday shopping and browsing. Itís setup a lot like Westgate City Center in Arizona, which I think is a great way to make use of the parking areas and open lots that are required by these new mega stadium venues through the rest of the year.

Gillette Stadium LighthouseBuilt in 2002, Gillette stadium has all the amenities of the modern pro stadium venues. Great concessions, Sam Adams on tap, and those excellent common areas located on the mezzanines and in the endzones overlooking the field to allow fans to gather together throughout the game for a couple of choice ice cold beverages. The main design element, apart from the massive flatscreen scoreboards, is the lighthouse located in the north endzone next to a bridge thatís modeled after Boston's Longfellow Bridge. This entrance area was created at owner Robert Kraftís insistence to give the stadium an identity which draws from New Englandís heritage. The rally cry of the fog horn heard throughout the game and the Minutemen blasting muskets into the air after every score are also unique touches that bring New Englandís past into the football arena.

Hans Steiniger at Gillette StadiumOnce gametime hit, the winter winds blasted through our seats in the upper deck chilling us to the bone, but the energy of those Patriots fans watching their team on the Monday Night Football stage seemed to counteract the extreme cold. From the opening kickoff right through the final seconds of the fourth quarter, the twelfth man was well represented in New England. Dropping their rís and hís, as they shout obscenities at the field, New Englanders have got to be some of the most entertaining hecklers Iíve encountered on my Quest for 31. They're not rude or overly obnoxious to opposing fans, but they find a way to make their point with some of the most creative verbal tough lashings that Iíve had the pleasure of listening in on.

The game itself wasnít even on contest. Tom Brady spread the ball around on offense, leading an efficient, surgically precise, passing attack that sprinkled in devastating runs by Benjarvis Green-Ellis and Danny Woohead to keep this vaunted Jets defense on their heels from the start. The Patriots young defense put in a dominant performance holding Mark Sanchez and the New York Jets offense to only three points the entire game. It was a definitive statement, ďThis is Our House,Ē asserting their claim that the road to the Super Bowl XLV will pass through Gillette Stadium on the way to Dallas, Texas. Judging by what I saw from this inspired performance on Monday Night Football, they certainly look like the team to beat in the AFC.


For more information on the city of Boston, Massachusetts check out my other reviews by clicking on the links below:
     NFL: September 16, 2007 - San Diego Chargers vs. New England Patriots
     NBA: Boston Celtics, TD Garden - General Information
     NHL: Boston Bruins, TD Garden - General Information

 

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':
Samuel Adams

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:
Cheers
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 wonít 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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Mark from RazorsEdgeTailgate.com   Tailgating on the Quest for 31   Quest mug crushed
Mark from RazorsEdgeTailgate.com   Jimmy & Patti, Crystal & Amy, Marion too   The end of my Quest for 31 Beer Stein
         
Jell-O Shots at RazorsEdgeTailgate   Hanging with Jets Fans   Christmas in the Parking Lot
Jell-O Shots with Randy Pierce   Interacting with the visting Jets Fans   Christmas on the Blacktop
         
Inside Gillette Stadium on the Quest for 31   Gillette Stadium Scoreboard   50 yard line at Gillette Stadium
Lower Level Seating   Marion, Myself, and Jimmy   50 Yard Line at Field Level
         
Quest for 31 - New England Patriots Stadium   Endzone Gillette Stadium   NFL Football Fans at Gillette Stadium
This is Our House!   Super Bowl Banners at Gillette Stadium   Scoreboard at Gillette
         
     
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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
  Hans,
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.
All the best
Graham
 
   
             

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