Gillette Stadium: The House That Bob Kraft Built

The Patriots have now been in Gillette Stadium for 10 years.

It is hard to believe but fittingly on Sunday as the Patriots open their 2012 regular season in Tennessee, it will also mark the 10th anniversary of their latest home-Gillette Stadium.

Back on Sept. 9, 2002, New England unveiled their Super Bowl XXXVI banner with a Monday Night Football game against the Pittsburgh Steelers (30-14 Pats win). With a decade’s worth of action, it is time to make some general observations about a place where New England has experienced plenty of wins (67-13 regular season, 9-2 playoffs) while also remembering some of the best moments.

By moving out of Foxboro Stadium aka The Wild West, the Patriots did something similar to the Bruins and Celtics: a new stadium or arena means that you price out many of your most dedicated fans while also getting rid of plenty of history (good and bad).

That’s a fact of life in professional sports; it takes years, quality teams and championships to build an authentic atmosphere. In many ways, the Red Sox have done the same thing even though they never left Fenway Park.

The biggest positives about Gillette include it being a beautiful stadium and great views from pretty much any seat. The negatives are well-established: the crowd can be clueless in terms of when to cheer and make noise while traffic is a nightmare and parking is laughably overpriced.


Top 5 Patriots games at Gillette Stadium

1) 2003 AFC Championship Game-Patriots 24, Colts 14.
Ty Law had three interceptions and Peyton Manning solidified his reputation as a choke artist in big games.

2) 2007 AFC Championship Game-Patriots 21, Chargers 12
Not a particularly memorable game (Tom Brady had 3 interceptions) except for LaDainian Tomlinson sitting on the bench with his dark visor and a long sideline coat on.

3) 2011 AFC Championship Game-Patriots 23, Ravens 20
Pats overcame another bad game from Brady (0 TDs, 2 INTs) thanks to some good fortune including dropped touchdowns by the Ravens and Billy Cundiff’s missed 32-yard field goal at the end of regulation.

4) December 7, 2003, Patriots 12, Dolphins 0: The Tedy Bruschi Snow Game
Bruschi intercepted Miami quarterback Jay Fielder and returned it five yards for a score in the fourth quarter, setting off one of the great spontaneous crowd reactions (throwing snow up in the air) that still happens to this day at Gillette.

5) October 30, 2005, Patriots 21, Bills 16: Bruschi’s Return
After suffering a mild stroke in February, Bruschi made an incredible return to the Patriots despite the fact that he had earlier said he would sit out the 2005 season.


News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
Local

Memorial held for Sean Collier, MIT police officer…

More than 1,600 people gathered at MIT on Friday for a memorial service for Sean Collier, the police officer shot to death a year ago in the aftermath of the…

National

Florida man charged with murdering son to play…

A Florida man annoyed that his 16-month-old crying son was preventing him from playing video games suffocated the toddler, police said on Friday.

International

Powerful 7.2 magnitude earthquake rattles Mexico

A powerful earthquake struck Mexico Friday, shaking buildings and sending people running into the street, although there were no reports of major damage.

News

OMG! Exercise can make skin (and butt) look…

A moderate exercise regime can turn back time and actually reverse the skin's aging process, according to new research. The study showed that a minimum…

Entertainment

Whoopi Goldberg makes her debut as marijuana columnist

"It helps my head stop hurting, and with glaucoma your eyes ache, and she takes the ache out. It's wonderful," she said.

The Word

Kate Middleton made fun of Prince William's bald…

Kate Middleton and Prince William are in Sydney, Australia, right now, and it sounds like that brash Aussie sense of humor might be rubbing off.

The Word

Is Tom Cruise dating Laura Prepon?

"Mission: Impossible" star Cruise is said to be dating Laura Prepon, star of "Orange is the New Black."

Television

'Scandal' recap: Season 3, Episode 18, 'The Price…

Sally is Jesus, Olivia caused global warming, and Mellie's still drunk. Let's recap the Scandal finale. A church full of Washington insiders is about to…

MLB

MLB video highlights: Red Sox score two in…

Lester shines in Red Sox win over White Sox

Sports

2014 Boston Marathon preview: Elite American, International runners…

2014 Boston Marathon: Elite American, International runners to watch

NBA

2014 NBA Finals odds: Ranking which playoff teams…

2014 NBA Finals odds: Ranking which playoff teams have the best shot at a championship. The Thunder, Clippers, Heat and Rockets lead the way.

NFL

2014 Patriots, full NFL schedule release date announced

2014 Patriots, full NFL schedule release date announced

Tech

VIDEO: 'Vein-scanning' may become the future of paying

Designed to make transactions quicker and easier, the technology works by scanning the unique vein patterns in each person's palm.

Tech

#FollowFriday: 10 of the smartest Twitter accounts

Spending lots of time on Twitter? You might as well learn something. Here are some of the smartest accounts to follow.

Style

Light-up nail art syncs with phone

This Japanese technology syncs light-up nail art with your phone.

Wellbeing

Why is dance cardio taking off in NYC?

Instructors at some of the city's hottest classes explain why.