New England Patriots are a professional football team in the NFL. They are currently playing in the AFC East Division. They were founded in 1959 and went to the playoffs 13 times since then. Their home stadium is Gillette Stadium, Massachusetts which can hold about 60 635 people.
A brief history of the New England Patriots
The New England Patriots are members of the East Division in the American Football Conference (AFC). The team was formed as a result of a local businessman’s desire for an NFL franchise. With no stadium in Boston and only one team in New England, negotiations between Robert Kraft and Chuck Sullivan led to a new “Boston” franchise, while Sullivan would receive the designs for Foxboro Stadium from Kraft and start building it right away so that they could begin to play in 1998 as scheduled. On March 25th, 1994, 31 years after its original formation, the New England Patriots would be officially welcomed as members of the National Football League.
The year 1960 marked a turning point for the franchise as they were able to land their first-ever draft pick, Gino Cappelletti. He was also one of their first Pro Bowlers and is now in the Hall Of Fame. A few years after becoming part of the NFL, Robert Kraft bought 51 percent of the team under his parent company, KUKA Industries. He then became chairman and CEO of The New England Patriots.
Kraft made several changes since he took over ownership of the team including building a state-of-the-art training facility called “The R Kraft Group Training Center” next door to Gillette Stadium where both the Patriots and the New England Revolution play. He also redesigned the logo, uniform and changed player personnel to keep the team competitive.
Robert Kraft is one of three NFL owners that donated $1 million to charity as a result of President Donald Trump’s criticism (he called those who refuse to stand for the national anthem “SOBs”) during a speech in Alabama on September 22nd, 2017. The other two owners are Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross and San Francisco 49ers CEO Jed York.
Where is new england patriot stadium located
They play their home games at Gillette Stadium, which is located in Foxborough, Massachusetts.
The stadium opened for the 2002 season, and there have been ongoing renovations to expand and update it since then. With a capacity of 65 000 people, it is one of the smallest stadiums in the NFL. They are also known as “The New England Patriots” or simply “The Pats”.
To get to the stadium from Boston take Route 1 south towards Providence. After a few miles, take exit 9 to the left and follow straight for about a mile where you have to get off at exit 10. From there you will see the stadium on your right.
The New England Patriots schedule was released in April 2018 and includes all regular-season games that are set to be played in the 2018 NFL season.
The list of New England Patriots home games features their early-season division rival matchups facing off against Buffalo Bills, Miami Dolphins, and the New York Jets. In addition, they host several key NFC teams including Dallas Cowboys, Green Bay Packers, Philadelphia Eagles, Washington Redskins, Chicago Bears, Detroit Lions, Carolina Panthers, Atlanta Falcons, and Tampa Bay Buccaneers. They also face off against Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday Night Football as well as primetime matchups at home against the New York Giants on Thursday Night Football.
The Patriots also have a long list of prime-time road games, including late-season contests against Baltimore Ravens, Minnesota Vikings, Pittsburgh Steelers, and Tennessee Titans. Kickoff times are announced by the NFL in April. The Pats 2018 schedule is one of the most anticipated in recent years. Expect tickets to get snatched up quickly when they go on sale!
There is parking available for $25-30 per car or you can use public transportation by taking the commuter rail to Mansfield station and walking over to Patriot Place where there are shuttle buses that will take you to the game for free!