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New England Patriots’ home fields before Gillette Stadium, mapped

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Before they started playing in Gillette Stadium in September 2002, the Super Bowl-bound New England Patriots called several different arenas home.

Here is a map of those spots, starting with the most recent and going back to the franchise’s start in 1960, when the pre-NFL team was known as the Boston Patriots.

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1. Foxboro Stadium

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Patriot Pl
Foxborough, MA 02035

The approximately 62,000-seat Foxboro 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.

The photo here shows the new stadium under construction to the bottom right of the soon-to-be-old one.

2. Harvard Stadium

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79 N Harvard St
Allston, MA 02134
(617) 495-3454
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The Patriots played in the approximately 30,300-seat, history-making Harvard 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. Alumni Stadium

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140 Commonwealth Avenue
Chestnut Hill, MA 02467
(617) 552-8000
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The Pats played at the 44,500-seat Boston College Alumni Stadium from 1969 to 1970.

It was during a preseason game against Washington that a fire in the grandstand sent fans fleeing onto the field. Thankfully, it does not appear that anyone was seriously injured.

4. Fenway Park

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4 Yawkey Way
Boston, MA 02215
(877) 733-7699
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Yup, the Patriots played at in the oldest Major League Baseball stadium from 1963 to 1969.

They had to make sure that their schedule did not interfere with the much more popular Red Sox.

A row of wooden seats in an open-air ballpark. Emma Krahmer/Shutterstock

5. Nickerson Field

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The Boston Patriots played their first seasons beginning in 1960 at an early incarnation of Boston University’s Nickerson Field.

That arena held 20,000 then, and had already been home to baseball’s Boston Braves before that franchise split for Milwaukee (and then Atlanta).

BU reconfigured the Braves’ old stadium in the early 1950s, before the Patriots arrived.

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1. Foxboro Stadium

Patriot Pl, Foxborough, MA 02035

The approximately 62,000-seat Foxboro 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.

The photo here shows the new stadium under construction to the bottom right of the soon-to-be-old one.

Patriot Pl
Foxborough, MA 02035

2. Harvard Stadium

79 N Harvard St, Allston, MA 02134

The Patriots played in the approximately 30,300-seat, history-making Harvard 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.

79 N Harvard St
Allston, MA 02134

3. Alumni Stadium

140 Commonwealth Avenue, Chestnut Hill, MA 02467

The Pats played at the 44,500-seat Boston College Alumni Stadium from 1969 to 1970.

It was during a preseason game against Washington that a fire in the grandstand sent fans fleeing onto the field. Thankfully, it does not appear that anyone was seriously injured.

140 Commonwealth Avenue
Chestnut Hill, MA 02467

4. Fenway Park

4 Yawkey Way, Boston, MA 02215
A row of wooden seats in an open-air ballpark. Emma Krahmer/Shutterstock

Yup, the Patriots played at in the oldest Major League Baseball stadium from 1963 to 1969.

They had to make sure that their schedule did not interfere with the much more popular Red Sox.

4 Yawkey Way
Boston, MA 02215

5. Nickerson Field

Boston, MA 02215

The Boston Patriots played their first seasons beginning in 1960 at an early incarnation of Boston University’s Nickerson Field.

That arena held 20,000 then, and had already been home to baseball’s Boston Braves before that franchise split for Milwaukee (and then Atlanta).

BU reconfigured the Braves’ old stadium in the early 1950s, before the Patriots arrived.