The New England Patriots’ home arena since 2002, Gillette Stadium has undergone multiple modernizations over the last two decades. Whether it was adding additional seating areas in the south corners of the stadium, building a field-level lounge, or upgrading the video board, the stadium today looks markedly different from when it first opened.
On Friday, another renovation was announced, and it will be a big one: the north side of Gillette Stadium will be completely reimagined. The following video, shared by the Patriots’ Twitter account, gives a first impression of how the stadium will look like starting in 2023:
The renovation project will be kicked off in early 2022 and is scheduled to be completed ahead of the NFL’s 2023 season. Once constructions are complete, the north end zone and entry plaza will look drastically different.
The transformation will add 75,000-square feet of a glass-enclosed hospitality and function space as well as a high-definition video board that will be largest of its kind in the country. Furthermore, the lighthouse — a defining feature of Gillette Stadium ever since its opening — will be modified as well: a 360-degree observation deck will be added to the present structure, and it will then stand at 218 feet.
“Gillette Stadium’s iconic lighthouse will undergo a major transformation to become accessible to fans and be available for private events,” Jen Ferron, Chief Marketing Officer of Kraft Sports + Entertainment, told Angelique Fiske of patriots.com. “The 22,000 square feet of HD video board space in the north end zone will be nearly double the size of the south end zone video board, which was installed earlier this year.”
The Kraft Family will invest a total of $225 million in the upgrades. For comparison, the stadium was built for $325 million back in the early 2000s, the inflation-adjusted equivalent of roughly $510 million today.