Gillette Stadium is the only privately-financed NFL stadium with 100 percent of the facility, land and parking costs paid for privately and 100 percent of the infrastructure costs reimbursed to the public by the stadium. Opening in 2002, the 65,878-seat stadium is New England’s only outdoor sports and entertainment venue of scale to be built in the last 100 years.
As a sports and entertainment venue, Gillette Stadium is the full-time home of the New England Patriots and New England Revolution and is one of the world’s top grossing concert venues, according to Billboard. Gillette Stadium was also ranked as the sixth busiest stadium in the world in 2016 by Pollstar. The venue annually hosts a diverse variety of other major ticketed events, including international soccer matches, NCAA athletics, professional lacrosse, motor sports and high school football state championships. In 2016, Gillette Stadium hosted the NHL Winter Classic.
The stadium became the first venue of its kind to host corporate and social functions unrelated to ticketed events. Today, the company’s special events department is a major part of the stadium’s 365-day operation, managing and hosting hundreds of functions annually.