Before they debuted in their $325 million Gillette Stadium in Foxborough in September 2002, the Patriots played home games just about everywhere except your backyard. Seriously, though, the Super Bowl contenders welcomed opponents in five main spots from the franchise's start in 1960 (as the Boston Patriots) to the first game at Gillette.Read More
Where the Patriots Played Home Games Before Gillette
1. Foxboro Stadium
Foxborough, MA 02035
The approximately 62,000-seat stadium opened in 1971 to host the newly renamed New England Patriots. The current Gillette Stadium is across from Foxboro, which closed in early 2002.
2. Harvard Stadium
Boston, MA 02134
The Patriots played in this approximately 30,300-seat stadium from 1970 to 1971. By this time, though, due to the rise of the modern NFL, the pressure was on for a serious pro-football arena.
3. Boston College Alumni Stadium
Chestnut Hill, MA 02467
The Patriots played at this 44,500-seat stadium from 1969 to 1970. It was during a preseason game against Washington that a fire in the grandstand sent fans onto the field.
4. Fenway Park
The Patriots played at the baseball arena from 1963 to 1969; and had to make sure that their schedule did not interfere with the Red Sox.
5. Nickerson Field
Boston, MA 02215
Beginning in 1960, the Boston Patriots played their first seasons in what was then the American Football League at this old Boston University site that held about 20,000. (It had already been home to baseball's Boston Braves.)