The home of the New England Patriots is set to undergo dramatic enhancements that the franchise believes will have the venue ready to be home for NFL action for decades to come.
Beginning in early 2022, construction of the most dramatic Gillette Stadium improvements since its opening in 2002 will begin in the north end of the stadium with a reimagined plaza leading into the stadium, including a new and enhanced lighthouse. Inside the stadium, there will be a new HD video board as well as new and improved concession locations and fan amenities. The transformation of the north end of Gillette Stadium will be defined by 75,000-square feet of glass-enclosed year-round hospitality and function spaces that bridge the gap between the East and West Putnam Clubs, the Dell Technologies Suite Levels and the upper concourse.
In addition, the renovation will include the largest outdoor stadium high-definition video board in the country with 22,200 square feet of video board space nearly double the size of the new south end zone video board. The curved radius HD video board will provide game action, replays, statistics and fantasy football updates.
The fan entrance into the north end of Gillette Stadium will also be revitalized. Plans include relocating the entry gates to create a new fan-activation area upon entry to the lower plaza. A landscaped staircase will lead guests up to the main concourse, where fans will have a view of the field looking toward the south end zone video board and the Patriots’ six Super Bowl banners.
The architectural bridge and lighthouse have served as the stadium’s signature view. This new development will feature a bigger lighthouse standing 218-feet high, complete with a 360-degree observation deck at the top, providing views of the stadium, the 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.
The project, including the south end zone improvements made last offseason, will total $225 million and is scheduled for completion prior to the 2023 NFL season.
“The Kraft family has kept the Gillette Stadium fan experience ahead of the constantly changing landscape with continued improvements, additions and renovations over the past 20 years,” said Jen Ferron, chief marketing officer of Kraft Sports + Entertainment. “This renovation project, coupled with other recent enhancements, will continue to set Gillette Stadium apart from other venues.”