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Where the Patriots Played Home Games Before Gillette

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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.


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1. Foxboro Stadium

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Patriot Place, 1 Patriot Place
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

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Harvard University, 65 North Harvard Street
Boston, MA 02134
(617) 495-1000

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

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O'Neill Library, Boston College, 140 Commonwealth Avenue
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

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4 Yawkey Way
Boston, MA 02215
(617) 267-1700
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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

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Boston University, 285 Babcock Street
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.)

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1. Foxboro Stadium

Patriot Place, 1 Patriot Place, 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.

Patriot Place, 1 Patriot Place
Foxborough, MA 02035

2. Harvard Stadium

Harvard University, 65 North Harvard Street, 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.

Harvard University, 65 North Harvard Street
Boston, MA 02134

3. Boston College Alumni Stadium

O'Neill Library, Boston College, 140 Commonwealth Avenue, 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.

O'Neill Library, Boston College, 140 Commonwealth Avenue
Chestnut Hill, MA 02467

4. Fenway Park

4 Yawkey Way, Boston, MA 02215

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.

4 Yawkey Way
Boston, MA 02215

5. Nickerson Field

Boston University, 285 Babcock Street, 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.)

Boston University, 285 Babcock Street
Boston, MA 02215