The New England Patriots were founded as an expansion team in the American Football League back in 1959. Though synonymous with winning today, the Patriots franchise got off to a very slow start. The then-Boston Patriots made the AFL championship game in 1963, but recorded just five winning seasons in its first 16 years. In 1976 the Patriots turned around the franchise's trajectory, making the playoffs for the first time since 1963 by earning a Wild Card spot. New England further improved in 1978, winning its first AFC East division title. After a few more playoff berths, the Patriots won its first AFC title and reached its first Super Bowl in 1985. New England became the consistent threat we know them to be today in the 1990s when Drew Bledsoe took the reins under center, making the playoffs four times in his eight-year tenure. In 2001, the Tom Brady and Bill Belichick era of Patriots football began. The duo has yet to post a losing season in 12 seasons with Brady as a starter and the pair has gone on to win three Super Bowls. New England's Hall of Fame features 18 former players. Score with TicketCity - the place to go for New England Patriot tickets.
2015 Patriots Season Preview
It was another solid season for the New England Patriots, going 12-4 to win the AFC East. The Pats were able to beat the red-hot Colts in the divisional round of the AFC playoffs before losing to the Colts in Denver. The Patriots added Will Smith, Darrelle Revis and James Anderson to the defense through free agency, as well as DT Dominique Easley in the draft. On offense, the Pats drafted Brandon LaFell in the first round to add to the wide receiving corps. They did lose LaGarrette Blount, but have a running back-by-committee that should be able to handle the workload. The Pats might have the best defense in the AFC this season, but the offense will need to improve from last season, and that will start with Tom Brady who actually had career lows in several categories. The season kicks off with two road games in Miami and Minnesota before coming home to Foxborough for a Week 3 home contest against the Raiders. There will also be crucial home games against the Bengals, Bears, Broncos and Dolphins this season. The Pats will have some hard away games as well, including contests with the Chiefs, Colts and Packers.
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New England Patriots Football at Gillette Stadium Address: 1 Patriot Pl, Foxborough, Massachusetts, 02035
New England plays its home games in Gillette Stadium, located in Foxborough, Massachusetts. Gillette Stadium has a capacity of nearly 69 thousand screaming fans. Completed in 2002, Gillette Stadium is one of the newer venues in the NFL. Gillette Stadium features a 10-story lighthouse and a bridge to connect the stadium to Boston's rich history as a coastal city. The New England Patriots home bench is on the Gillette Stadium sideline with sections 105-114. Gillette Stadium parking information is covered in the Patriots event guide.
Patriots vs. Colts
This rivalry took off in the early 2000's when Tom Brady and Peyton Manning entered their prime. Both teams have become two of the top franchises in the NFL and it is only natural for this matchup to be one of the league's best. With Super Bowl titles, numerous division titles, and countless playoff appearances between the two teams, the list of accolades seem to never stop. It is not surprising that this intense rivalry has a lot on the line when these two teams faceoff.
It does not matter the sport, Boston fans and New York fans never get along. With these two teams being in the same division and the fan base not liking each other, it is not a surprise that these two teams have become of the top rivalries in the NFL. With over 100 matchups that dates back to 1960, this intense rivalry doesn't appear to be slowing down anytime soon.
Patriots in the Super Bowl, AFC Championship and the NFL Playoffs
In the last 15 years, there are the Patriots and then there is the rest of the NFL. With multiple Super Bowl titles, 4+ AFC Championship titles, and 9+ division titles, the Patriots have set themselves above the rest of the league. The Patriots have been around for over 50 years and have totaled more than 14 division titles and 18+ playoff appearances.
New England Patriots Event Guide
When do gates open at Gillette Stadium?
Stadium gates for Patriots games typically open two hours prior to kickoff.
How can I buy cheap New England Patriots tickets?
TicketCity offers a big selection of New England Patriots tickets which include some of the lowest priced seats on the market. Patriots tickets fluctuate based on demand and opponent. Marquee AFC opponents, like the Pittsburg Steelers, Indianapolis Colts and Kansas City Cheifs, can drive up home game prices. While cheap tickets are more plentiful for, non-conference or non-divisional opponents. Those games may offer best opportunity to purchase New England Patriots tickets near face value.
Where can I find the 2015-2016 New England Patriots football schedule?
The Patriots 2015-2016 football schedule is listed as soon as it is announced by the NFL. The Patriots plays in the AFC East, which means games against the Miami Dolphins, Buffalo Bills and New York Jets. Game times are announced by the NFL as soon as the TV schedule is set. New England Patriots home opener is typically one of the most popular games. If you are looking for Patriots news or scores, then visit our partners at CBS Sports. They are also a good source for the official New England Patriots team roster.
Does my child need a ticket to get into a Patriots game?
Yes, all that seek admission into Gillette Stadium must have New England Patriots tickets regardless of age.
What's the best way to get to Gillette Stadium?
There is a train service to the stadium from South Station in Boston and from TF Green Airport in Providence for all home games. Round trip fare is $15 and you can purchase tickets in advance at the MBCR ticket windows at South Station, Back Bay and North Station.
Can I buy New England Patriots football season tickets?
New England Patriots season tickets are available to buy until kickoff of their home opener. Check our listings above or call us if you would like to purchase New England Patriots season tickets. Let us know if you want a particular section at Gillette Stadium.
Where can I eat before a Patriots home game?
CBS Scene is football, football, football and some good bar food and drinks. With almost 150 TVs, this place fills up quick so you might want to arrive early. Bar Louis has good beer specials and a signature martini list if you're looking for a drink before the game.