The New England Patriots Are Up to Something at Gillette Stadium
The "House That Brady built" on Route 1 in Foxboro is undergoing renovations.
Former New England Patriots quarterback – and the goatiest G.O.A.T. of all time – Tom Brady didn't actually build Gillette Stadium; however, Brady did sell enough tickets, jerseys, trinkets, beer, and assorted food items to pay for it.
Gillette Stadium opened on May 11, 2002, for a New England Revolution soccer game just three months after Brady led the Patriots to their first-ever Super Bowl championship, defeating the St. Louis Rams on February 3, 2002.
Here is a trivia question: who sang the National Anthem at that Super Bowl game? I'll tell you later.
Prior to Gillette's opening, the Patriots played their home games from 1971 to 2001 at Foxboro Stadium. Foxboro Stadium was demolished once the new stadium opened to make room for parking and eventually Patriot Place.
The Boston Globe reports a groundbreaking ceremony was held last month for a $225 million "privately financed renovation of the north end of Gillette Stadium." The Globe reported that "The project will enclose the north end of the stadium with year-round hospitality and function space and a massive video board hanging over the field."
On clear days, a new 21-story lighthouse will allow fans "to glimpse a view of both downtown Providence and Boston," according to the paper.
Unfortunately, the renovations won't be complete until some time in 2023. Let's hope Mac Jones will pick up where Brady left off and keep earning money for more even stadium improvements.
By the way, Mariah Carey sang the Nation Anthem for Super Bowl XXXVI, the Patriots' first Super Bowl win. To the best of my memory, there were no wardrobe malfunctions.