Groundbreaking ceremony held for Kraft family's $225M Gillette Stadium renovation

The Kraft family yesterday "held a groundbreaking ceremony" for its $225M privately financed renovation of the north end of Gillette Stadium as work has "already begun," according to Michael Silverman of the BOSTON GLOBE. The project will "enclose the north end of the stadium with year-round hospitality and function space and a massive videoboard hanging over the field." Outside, a rebuilt 21-story lighthouse will allow visitors to "glimpse a view of both downtown Boston and Providence." Having spent $300M in the first 20 years of the stadium, Patriots Owner Robert Kraft said that the new investment in the NFL’s only privately funded stadium reflects the family’s "confidence and commitment to its fans." The $225M price tag for this latest renovation "lifts the Krafts’ expenditures" to $1.2B on their Foxborough property. The Gillette Stadium project is "expected to be completed" before the start of the '23 season. Kraft said that the money spent on this renovation "does not impact the Kraft Group’s long-stated desire and efforts to build a new and no-doubt expensive stadium for the New England Revolution that’s in or near downtown Boston" (BOSTON GLOBE, 5/12).

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