What's the best way to get to Gillette Stadium?
Public transport might be your best bet to avoid the traffic, but your options depend on the event you're attending. For pre-season and regular season home game days, there's the Patriot Train (officially known as the MBTA's Gillette Stadium Train) which goes from South Station and Back Bay Station.
For other events, check on the MBTA website to see if there's an equivalent service running. If not, it could be easiest to drive.
Does the venue have WiFi?
Yes, the stadium has a free WiFi network. There's also an app which provides schedule info, plus real-time stats from the press box at Patriots games.
How much does parking cost?
It's $40 for cars, pickup trucks and SUVs. Bring cash and pay on arrival. Here's a map of your parking lot options.
Any other important information the user should know?
Allow time to find your seat. Apparently it takes eight to ten minutes to reach the top of the northeast ramp (which is 180 feet from the plaza below). Yikes.
That feeling when your phone battery is giving up on you? It might be time to seek out one of the ten mobile-charging stations located throughout the stadium. They're free.
Near the venue
What is the surrounding area like?
Gillette Stadium is in the town of Foxborough (sometimes spelt Foxboro), 27 miles southwest of Boston. Although most nightlife happens in the capital, you can still find a decent bar or two here.
Where are the best places to eat near Gillette Stadium?
The easiest option is to head to Patriot Place restaurant and shopping complex, which is right next door.
Davio's Northern Italian Steakhouse
Everything is made by hand from quality ingredients. Tuck into aged steaks or else something less meaty like pasta or a fresh salad. The bar is open until midnight on Fridays and Saturdays.
This Thai eatery makes all your classic curries like masaman and panang, plus specials including steamed ginger fish and Siam sizzlers.
For a whole range of options head to Tavolino. There's a selection of pizza and Italian dishes including an express menu and a gluten-free menu.
Feeling fancy? This is a more upmarket place with white tablecloths and the prices to match. Expect continental food including steamed lobster and filet mignon, along with a decent wine menu.
What about nightlife in the area?
A popular option for pre-concert drinks. Although the food menu isn't massively inspiring, there's a rooftop bar and plenty of seating.
Howl at the Moon
Dueling pianos, dancing' You'll either love or hate this place, open until 1am from Wednesday to Saturday.
If you're sticking around for another night, check out what's going on at this local music venue. It's small enough to allow for an intimate atmosphere and there's a food court in the lobby.
What is there to do during the day/before heading to a concert?
The Hall at Patriot Place
Swot up on Patriot history at this interactive showpiece, located opposite the stadium. The 10 exhibit galleries are likely to keep you entertained for a couple of hours, all for a $10 entrance fee.
Nature Trail and Cranberry Bog
For some fresh air before the concert, pull on your sneakers to walk this short trail (around 30 minutes) that goes behind the Brass Pro Shop in Foxborough.
If you're going to visit Boston, there are tons of recommended activities but the most famous is probably the Duck Tours for a narrated cruise. Alternatively, get to know the city's historic sites on foot by walking the Freedom Trail (you can buy a brochure at the visitor center).