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I hope some of you could offer some advice.

 

I turn 30 at the end of the year and made it clear to all involved i would be taking a trip to Gillette. However, having never done a game in the states before, i would speak to some of our regulars on here.

 

Beyond the issues surrounding getting individual game tickets, which i understand can be tricky in its own right, what sections should i target as a compromise between good views and not bankrupting myself and my family?

 

Please note, i did consider the roadtrip with many of you, however, my other half is a teacher so i am tied into her holidays.

 

Any and all information would be greatly appreciated.

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One advice I would give - now is the time to treat.

 

When you are 40 - BB will possibly have retired, TB will probably ;) have retired and we may not be as good. In fact we won't be as good as we are now because I struggle to see how we could be any better than going 19-0 and winning every game by 50+ points.

 

So do it now when you go to the game and enjoy the greatest team in football.

 

 

When you are 40 will you have spent $300 on a ticket to see them get shut out by the SB winning Jaguars . . . ?

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Tickets are expensive, no matter the game you choose. Make sure you have space to go up to Patriot place on a non game day and enjoy the Hall which has all the Superbowl trophies on display as well as interactive stuff ,other memorabilia and game worn kit for you to try on, well worth the entrance fee, but definitely worth doing when it's quieter.

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As has been said the seats are expensive even more so at field level, I've always gone for the 200 mid level when I've gone to individual games in 1 of the corners.

Its a good view of the whole field without being too high up.

I agree also agree with what has been said about the Hall & Pro shop they are rammed on game day & if you buy anything you will have to take it back to a car as you can't take big bags into the stadium.

 

You will definitely need a car by the way for the best experience, there is only 1 train on game day & it arrives very close to kick off & leaves promptly after the game so gives no chance to do anything.

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The "best" seats at Gillette depend on whet you are looking for. My seats are in Sec 306, Row 11, on the goal line.

We see the plays developing but don't have a feel for the speed and physicality of the game, but at my age it's

getting tougher every year to see what's happening at the other end of the field. The lower you go the more you can

feel the speed and physicality better but might lose your down-field perspective if you are too low. FWIW, my

suggestion would be to keep away from the corners and if you get access to the 100s down low don't take them.

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I have been going for a couple of years and I have been in the 100's most of the time. I think the best seats we've had, in my opinion, was when we sat in the "Lower level sideline" (Goal line) on Patriots Sideline in 2011 for the Colts game. We had seats in Section 105, row 8, and they were fabulous!! We had a great view over the end zone on our side of the field, though I admit that there was a little inferior view over the opposite end zone. (as Howard so rightly points out in the above post :) )

But we could feel the action and really hear/feel the hits.

Unfortunately, this happened to be the season when Peyton was injured, and Colts went 2-14 resulting in the drafting of Luck, so my plan of seeing the two great ones square it off didn't go as planned...

Let's say that watching Dan Orlovsky, though putting up 21 points to Pats 31, wasn't really the same as it would have been to watch Peyton Manning :-) (though we made up for that, managing to see Pats playing Denver Broncos in 2014, that time we had seats in the opposite corner, Section 127 row 21, which was a similar experience, well, without the smell of sweat from the field :D )

 

The prices for the tickets from our first game in 2009 to our latest game in 2014 (except for the absolute latest which was with the UKPatriots Roadtrip in 2015 where we sat in section 329, row 5 and 6, and the ticket was face value I believe) has had a ridiculous rise.

Remember though that I am talking about the prices of the ticket reselling companies, as getting tickets through the "official" channels hasn't really been possible. There are the releases of the "Individual game tickets", and I must admit that I haven't really tried that option as I have always aimed for specific games for different reasons, and I haven't seen those games mentioned among the offered tickets.

In 2009 we were in section 126, row 18 and cost $196 a pop (even then, pretty steep).

In 2010 we were in section 126 row 17, same price.

In 2011 we were, as previously mentioned, in section 105 row 8 and here we can see a slightly higher price. These tickets cost $267 per person. Perhaps because it is Pats sideline and slightly more to the sideline than before.

In 2014 we were back in the opposing team sideline/corner, in section 127, row 21 and suddenly the tickets were $588 per person. Sure, it was probably classified as an "Elite" game, but still

And I'm pretty sure that many of the members here can testify that the prices today compared when some of them started watching games back in the 80's or 90's are crazy expensive.

 

Here you have a the official seating map.

http://library.kraftsportsgroup.com/2017_SeatingMap_Pricing.pdf

 

Good luck with your game planning and attending. I will assure you that you will have a ball, there is just no comparing watching a game on television and walking into Gillette Stadium.

Perhaps you have been to Wembley for a game or two, perhaps even one or both of the Pats games as I have, but you can't just imagine the feeling of 65000 people chanting "Brady, Brady, Brady" or "D#, D#, D#" until you have experienced it. (I realise that you being from the UK, you have probably seen one or two soccer games, and your stadiums are pretty impressive as well, so you might have experienced "many-spectator-sports" before, but now we're talking Patriots Football :D )

Or that time in 09, when all of a sudden, the audience started singing the theme song from Cheers during a break. That was truly amazing and still gives me the chills thinking about it...

 

Hope to perhaps see you on a future road trip, but enjoy your 30th birthday game in the meantime!

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Each to his or her own. I like to be in the 100's, as close to the field as possible - I like to smell the FieldTurf to coin a phrase. Yes - you end up watching large chunks of the game on the video screens when the play is at the other end of the field. But if I want the best view, I'll watch it on TV. I want to see the speed of the game and to hear and see the big hits close up. I want to see myself on TV. And every now and again, see the crucial score in almost touching distance.

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I greatly appreciate the comments.

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In 2014 we were back in the opposing team sideline/corner, in section 127, row 21 and suddenly the tickets were $588 per person. Sure, it was probably classified as an "Elite" game, but still

And I'm pretty sure that many of the members here can testify that the prices today compared when some of them started watching games back in the 80's or 90's are crazy expensive.

 

 

WOW - $588!!! In 2014 we 'only' paid $425 for a Marquee game (Jets on Thursday night) with tailgate party in the Dana Barber Field House. (Premier games were $400)

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That was cool, were they resold tickets or official Ticketmaster tickets?

Our game was vs Broncos.

How was the tailgate? Nothing compared to the UK Pats tailgates I bet.... ?

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That was cool, were they resold tickets or official Ticketmaster tickets?

Our game was vs Broncos.

How was the tailgate? Nothing compared to the UK Pats tailgates I bet....

It was via the Patriots website and all done over the phone with their front office. They're basically sold as 'corporate days'. The tailgate was awesome with masses of great food, all you can drink bar, Pats Alumni, cheerleaders, freebies everywhere and VIP access to the stadium. Cool day out :) We sat talking to Bob Perryman (he of Lisa Olsen fame) and his brother. Bob was a bit of a twat but his brother was a blast.

 

PS - I'd attach a flyer for the one I went to (downloaded from the Pats site back then) but I can't see how to do that here.

Edited by 2-Minuteman

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