Stadium

The Patriots did not have one true home stadium until 1971. The Patriots played home games in 4 different stadiums in the New England area and played a ”home” game in Alabama within their first ten years of existence.  The Patriots played games at Nickerson Field from 1960 to 1962. Fenway Park also hosted the Patriots from 1963 to 1968. Fenway is one of the most historic baseball parks of all-time, but were not a suitable home for the Patriots. The Patriots also played a “home” game in 1968 at Legion Field in Alabama. After the 1968 season, the Patriots played one season in Alumni Stadium.  Next, Harvard Stadium was the Patriots home for the 1970 season.

Finally in 1971 Foxboro Stadium opened and the Patriots called it home for 30 years. Unlike Fenway Park, Foxboro had an adequate seating capacity of 60,292. AstroTurf was used as the first playing surface in Foxboro, but was ultimately replaced by grass. In the last game ever played in Foxboro stadium the Patriots defeated the Oakland Raiders in overtime on their way to the first Super Bowl Championship in Patriots history. In 2002 the Patriots moved into Gillette Stadium and their new home has not been welcoming to other teams. The Patriots have a 70-13 home record and have only lost one playoff game at home. Gillette Stadium has a seating capacity of 68,756. Initially, the stadium used natural grass for its playing surface. However, terrible weather conditions made the grass surface too difficult to maintain. In 2006 the Patriots switched to their playing surface to field turf.