Where does Gillette stack up against rest of NFL venues when it comes to age?
|06.02.14 at 12:57 pm ET|
When Roger Goodell was asked last week about the possibility of Foxboro hosting a Super Bowl, he was incredibly diplomatic, acknowledging the process to land the game was getting “more and more difficult.” What was left unsaid was the fact that when it comes to getting a new Super Bowl, more often than not, you need to build a new facility.
That appears to be something of a long shot, at least as it relates to the Patriots. But while it’s unlikely the franchise would move out of Gillette any time soon — in fact, the Patriots have spent the bulk of the offseason expanding the office space — it did get us wondering about just where Gillette stands when it comes to the comparable age of the NFL venues. Opened in 2002, it’s one of 12 stadiums built and opened in the 2000s that is still in operation. With the opening of Levi’s Stadium this fall in California, it will be ninth-newest on the list of newest stadiums as it heads into its 13th season. By way of comparison, the oldest stadium still in operation is Soldier Field, which opened in 1924 (but underwent a massive renovation roughly a decade ago and reopened in 2003). At this point, MetLife is the only one that has opened in the 2010s — Levi’s will join that group this fall.
Here’s a look at the complete breakdown:
— Built in the 1920s (1)
Soldier Field (1924)
— Built in the 1950s (1)
Lambeau Field (1957)
— Built in the 1960s (2)
O.co (1966), Qualcomm (1967)
— Built in the 1970s (3)
Arrowhead Stadium (1972), Ralph Wilson Stadium (1973), Superdome (1975)
— Built in the 1980s (1)
Sun Life Stadium (1987)
— Built in the 1990s (9)
Georgia Dome (1992), Edward Jones Dome (1995), Everbank Field (1995), Bank of America (1996), FedEx Field (1997), Raymond James (1998), M&T Bank (1998), LP Field (1999), FirstEnergy Stadium (1999)
— Built in 2000s (12)
Paul Brown Stadium (2000), Heinz Field (2001), Invesco Field (2001), Ford Field (2002), CenturyLink Field (2002), Gillette Stadium (2002), NRG Stadium (2002), Lincoln Financial Field (2003), University of Phoenix (2006), Lucas Oil Stadium (2008), TCF Field (2009), AT&T Stadium (2009)
— Built in 2010s (2)
MetLife Stadium (2010), Levi’s Stadium (2014)