Gillette Stadium Overview
On May 11, 2002, Gillette Stadium opened its doors as the new home of the New England Revolution and has become one of the best home fields in all of Major League Soccer. With annual world-class soccer events staged at the facility, Gillette Stadium has also become the hub of soccer in the Northeast region.
Entering the 2013 season, the Revs have posted a 78-50-42 record (.582 winning percentage) in the confines of Gillette Stadium during the regular season, and a 9-1-4 postseason mark, including MLS Cup 2002 before 61,316 fans, an MLS Cup Playoffs attendance record.
In addition to regular-season action, Gillette Stadium has been the site of many memorable MLS Cup Playoff matches, including three Eastern Conference Championships. The Revolution has also hosted many high-profile friendlies, including a July 13, 2011 match against Manchester United in front of 51,523. Other internationally recognized clubs the Revs have hosted include Sporting Lisbon, Celtic FC, Benfica and Cruzeiro.
On an international level, U.S. Soccer has enjoyed some of its greatest success on home turf at Gillette Stadium with the men’s and women’s national teams posting a combined 11-2-2 record at Gillette Stadium. On May 19, 2002, the U.S. Men’s National Team played its final game on U.S. soil before the 2002 World Cup, facing European powerhouse, the Netherlands.
On June 4, 2011, the Men’s National team hosted the world’s number-one ranked team – and defending World Cup champion – Spain in front of crowd of 64,121, the largest-ever crowd for a national team game in New England.
On April 14, 2007, the U.S. women kicked off their final domestic tour before the 2007 Women’s World Cup with a 5-0 victory over Mexico.
Gillette Stadium has also hosted matches in the 2003, 2005, 2007 and 2009 CONCACAF Gold Cups with the U.S. men going undefeated (6-0-2) at the stadium in that span.
While the U.S. has seen great success in Foxborough – a 20-2-5 mark overall including matches at the former Foxboro Stadium – the facility has also hosted other world-class soccer events. On Sept. 12, 2007, the men’s national teams of Brazil and Mexico played before a record crowd of 67,684 – the largest soccer crowd ever at the stadium and in New England. Other international powerhouses who have played at Gillette Stadium include Ireland and Bolivia.
Gillette Stadium has been the site of several memorable international club friendlies, including matches between European giants Barcelona and Juventus on July 27, 2003; Chelsea and A.C. Milan on July 24, 2005; A.C. Milan and Internazionale on July 26, 2009; and A.C. Milan and Cruzeiro on Aug. 4, 2012.
Gillette Stadium’s predecessor – Foxboro Stadium – helped establish the tradition of world-class soccer in the region. Foxboro Stadium hosted 10 U.S. Men’s National Team games, where the U.S. posted a 7-0-3 all-time record. The town of Foxborough, between Foxboro Stadium and Gillette Stadium, has also played host to men’s and women’s World Cup Qualifiers, 1994 FIFA World Cup matches, 1999 and 2003 FIFA Women’s World Cup matches, international friendly matches and Women’s Gold Cup games since 1991.
FieldTurf was laid at Gillette Stadium at the conclusion of the 2006 season. It was later replaced with FieldTurf’s latest technology – the FieldTurf Duraspine PRO system – in the spring of 2010, making it the first facility in North America to install the new system. Gillette Stadium’s surface is FIFA 2-Star rated, and was re-certified in September 2012.
GILLETTE STADIUM QUICK FACTS
|Cost||Approx. $325 million|
|Capacity (MLS)||20,000 (expandable)|
|Luxury suites||87 (800-2,700 sq. ft.)|
|Putnam Club||120,000 sq. ft.|
|Concourse width||up to 70 ft.|
|Concessions point of sale||500+|
|Permanent novelty stands||15|
|HD LED video boards||2 (41.5’x164’ and 45’x100’)|
|Stadium footprint||17.3 acres|
|Stadium area||1.9 million sq. ft.|
|Distance to downtown Boston||27.5 miles|
|Distance to downtown Providence||27 miles|