Gillette Stadium Renovations

changes are coming

In January, construction of the most dramatic Gillette Stadium improvements since its opening in 2002 began in the north end of the stadium. This project will feature a completely re-imagined Enel Plaza leading into the stadium, an enhanced lighthouse, a new high-definition video board, the addition of hospitality and function spaces, new and improved concession locations and other fan amenities.

This page provides information and updates about the ongoing renovation project. Below you will find project renderings, facts and figures, frequently asked questions, news updates and a Gillette Stadium historical timeline.

THE GLOBALIZATION PARTNERS ATRIUM

In May, on the 20th anniversary of the first event ever held at Gillette Stadium, the Kraft family and Globalization Partners announced today a multi-year naming rights partnership in conjunction with the stadium’s north end renovation, debuting the Globalization Partners Atrium. The announcement was made as part of a groundbreaking ceremony at Gillette Stadium that commenced the next phase of the construction project. Similar to the Optum Field Lounge, membership opportunities to the Globalization Partners Atrium will be offered exclusively to existing Patriots Season Ticket Members, who can anticipate receiving additional details prior to the start of the 2022 season. To learn more about the Globalization Partners Atrium, click here.

Renovation Renderings

by the numbers

  • $225 Million: amount invested by the Kraft family for the current renovation project and the south end zone upgrades completed in 2021.

  • $300 Million: total invested by the Kraft family on Gillette Stadium enhancements in the venue’s first 20 years.

  • 22,000 square feet: size of the largest outdoor stadium high-definition video board in the country that will be installed in the north end of the stadium.

  • 50,000 square feet: square footage of the glass-enclosed year-round hospitality and function spaces that will bridge the gap between the East and West Putnam Clubs, the Dell Technology Suite Levels and the upper concourse. All levels of the stadium will have 360-degree connectivity.

  • 218 feet: height of the larger, more prominent lighthouse to be built that will continue to serve as Gillette Stadium’s signature view.

  • 360 degrees: The enhanced lighthouse will include a 360-degree observation deck, providing sweeping views of the stadium, game field, Patriot Place and beyond. This one-of-a-kind observation deck will be accessible to fans visiting Gillette Stadium year-round and available for private events.

  • 2023: This Gillette Stadium renovation project is scheduled for completion prior to the 2023 NFL season. 

FAQs

The Kraft family continually invests in Gillette Stadium with improvements designed to keep the venue on the cutting edge and enhance the fan experience. To that end, the stadium will spend the coming months undergoing a major renovation, consisting of the most dramatic Gillette Stadium improvements since its opening in 2002.

This renovation project will feature many exciting renovations, including:

  • The largest outdoor high-definition stadium video board in the country, measuring 22,000 square feet
  • A reimagined and experiential lighthouse, which will stand 218 feet high and offer sweeping views of the stadium, the game field, Patriot Place, and beyond from a 360-degree observation deck
  • 50,000-square feet of glass-enclosed hospitality and function spaces
  • 360-degree connectivity between all levels of the stadium, a feature that is currently only available on the main concourse
  • New and improved concession locations
  • A grand staircase leading to the main concourse at the north end of the stadium
  • A new fan activation area in the lower plaza, revitalized fan entrances and additional outdoor gathering spaces

Construction is scheduled for completion prior to the start of the 2023 NFL season.

The renovation project is thoughtfully phased through its scheduled completion to avoid major interruptions to Gillette Stadium events. While you will notice the stadium undergoing changes throughout 2022 and 2023, please continue to check back here for updates.

Throughout Gillette Stadium’s first 20 years, the Kraft family invested more than $300 million on stadium enhancements. This new project, including the south end zone improvements made in 2021, will total an additional $225 million investment, which reflects the family’s continued commitment to the Gillette Stadium fan experience for years to come.

The entire construction project, like Gillette Stadium’s original build, will be privately funded by the Kraft family.

The main ticket office is closed due to the ongoing construction. On event days, satellite ticket offices operate in (2) locations, one on each side of Gillette Stadium:

  • East side of Gillette Stadium: The E1 Lobby
  • West side of Gillette Stadium: Dedicated trailer between the W2 and W4 Entrances

For more information, visit https://www.gillettestadium.com/tickets/ or call (800) 543-1776.

news, videos, and photos

GILLETTE STADIUM AND GLOBALIZATION PARTNERS ANNOUNCE NAMING RIGHTS PARTNERSHIP

The official press release of the naming rights announcement

WATCH: Gillette Stadium Video Board Removed

Watch as the old video board is removed, to officially kick off the north end zone renovation.

Transformational enhancements coming to Gillette Stadium in 2023

The official press release of the new changes coming to Gillette Stadium

WATCH: GILLETTE STADIUM LIGHTHOUSE REMOVED

Watch as the Gillette Stadum lighthouse is knocked down.

timeline

April 18 , 2000: The Patriots unveil the designs for their new stadium in a press conference at the Seaport Hotel in Boston.

June 15, 2000: Gillette Stadium’s first concrete foundation is poured.

April 3, 2001: In celebration of a long-standing construction tradition, the final beam is hoisted into place at the new stadium to signify the “topping off” of the structure’s steel.

May 11, 2002: The Revolution play in the first game at the new stadium. In the stadium’s “soft opening,” the lower seating bowl and concourse are opened to the public for the first time.

August 5, 2002: A 15-year agreement is finalized with the Gillette Company for exclusive naming rights to Gillette Stadium.

August 17, 2002: Patriots host the first football game at Gillette Stadium, a 16-15 preseason victory over the Philadelphia Eagles.

September 9, 2002: Patriots host the grand opening of Gillette Stadium against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Monday Night Football, a 30-14 victory.

2010: Two Daktronics high-definition LED video scoreboards are installed.

2011: The Putnam Club is remodeled to offer 120,000 square feet of comfort.

2012: Gillette Stadium becomes one of the largest NFL venues to offer free WiFi with enough bandwidth to accommodate every fan.

2013: More than 14,000 square feet of LED ribbon boards and four digital panels are installed above the main concourse.

2014: LED signage is installed throughout the stadium and Patriots football operations facility is expanded by 30,000 square feet.

2015: The Optum Field Lounge, Cross Insurance Pavilion & Business Center and DraftKings Fantasy Sports Zone are opened.

2016: Gillette Stadium suites are remodeled, administrative offices are expanded and the stadium’s WiFi is upgraded.

2017: Gillette Stadium’s Super Bowl Championship banner display is reconfigured in the south end zone. The Encore Boston Harbor Terrace and JetBlue Landing are opened on the upper concourse. A stainless-steel food and drink rail encircling the entire 300-level.

2018: Gillette Stadium field lights are converted to LED. The Putnam Clubs are renovated. Stainless steel food and drink rails are installed in the north and sound ends of the main concourse. More enclosed gathering spaces are constructed throughout the upper concourse.

2021: A new and 70 percent larger video board is installed in the south end zone. The south end concession stands are redesigned to add a walk-in food and beverage area.