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Gillette Stadium Guide

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General Info

Like the landmark lighthouse at its entrance – a nod to its coastal home – Gillette Stadium is a beacon for fans coming to cheer on their favorite team. As the official digs of the New England Patriots since 2002, it’s a destination for all football enthusiasts looking to catch a glimpse of the six-time NFL champions in action.

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Who plays at Gillette Stadium?

While it is generally well-known that the New England Patriots play here, it’s also a concert and special-event venue, and home of the New England Revolution soccer team.

Buying Tickets

Tickets can be purchased directly via the official stadium website or the NFL website. You can also take advantage of special AAA member discounts on NFL games with AAA Tickets.

Check out all Gillette Stadium seating options with the stadium’s seating charts, which include Patriots, Revolution and concert maps.

All Gillette Stadium tickets can be accessed and managed through the Gillette Stadium app. Gillette Stadium is a completely cash-free venue and digital tickets are the only acceptable method of entry; your phone is your ticket. Cash-to-card kiosks are available throughout the stadium if needed.

Gillette Stadium Bag Policy

The only bags permitted in the stadium for all ticketed events are: 1 gallon plastic freezer bags no bigger than 11 by 11 inches, clear bags that do not exceed 12 by 12 by 6 inches and small wristlets or wallets no more than 6.5-by-4.5 inches. All acceptable items are subject to inspection.

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Directions and Parking

Where Is Gillette Stadium?

Foxborough, Mass., about 30 minutes from downtown Boston.

Directions to Gillette Stadium  

Detailed driving directions are available on the Gillette Stadium website.  

The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority also offers service from Boston and Providence for Patriots games. Purchasing train tickets in advance is recommended.

Gillette Stadium Parking

  • Lots open four hours prior to kickoff, stay open two hours after the conclusion of day games and close immediately after night games.
  • Parking is free in general Gillette Stadium-owned parking lots across from the stadium. To alleviate to alleviate postgame traffic, those willing to stay a little later can also get paid; fans who reserve passes to park in the 75-minute delayed exit lots will earn a $50 Visa gift card (first-come, first serve). Prepaid parking in closer lots is reserved for season ticket holders only. Learn more.
  • Parking details may vary by event. Specifics are highlighted on the stadium’s website prior to every event.
  • Guests with EVs have free access to charging stations throughout nearby Patriot Place.


Tailgating is permitted and can begin as soon as the lots open, but the stadium requests no open flames (i.e. fire pits).

Gillette Stadium Food

From barbecue to sausages, pizza and wings, all the stadium standards are here, with a good sprinkling of local flavor. In addition to rotating drafts of New England beers, the stadium claims Patriots fans eat about 186 gallons of clam chowder on a typical game day!

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Gillette Stadium, PATRIOTS” by Eric Salard is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0.


Patriot Place

Located right next door to Gillette Stadium, Patriot Place is a must-visit for shopping (including the Patriots ProShop), live entertainment and restaurants. The fun continues with attractions including a movie theater, Splitsville Luxury Lanes bowling alley, Muse Paintbar and TopGolf Swing Suite, featuring high-tech golfing simulators.

Patriots Hall of Fame

The New England Patriots are among the winningest teams in pro football. See all six Vince Lombardi championship trophies and celebrate the team’s greatest moments, players and triumphs at the museum and hall of fame.

It’s open to the public seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on game days until 7 p.m. Admission is $10 for adults, $7 for seniors (age 60-plus) and $5 for children (5-12 years old).

Hotels Near Gillette Stadium

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Have any additional tips or questions about visiting Gillette Stadium? Share them in the comments below.

For stadium guides, tailgating essentials and more, check out the Your AAA Northeast Football Guide.

Featured image: Gillette Stadium – Patriots vs. Saints” by Jasonwg is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0.


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