(Photo from Stadium Journey)
Look, the playoffs haven’t started yet, Wes Welker’s leg fell off and Theo Epstein keeps changing his mind about the players he wants on the Red Sox so often that it kind of feels like the team is being general managed by one of those giant Bingo cage ball wheel thingies. So instead of wondering who’s going to be playing left field for the Sox this coming season (maybe you, maybe me, maybe my cat), and what’s going to happen to the Patriots when they can’t slant route to Welker (::shudder::), I’ve decided to throw a little something different your way.
You all may remember a while back when I brought Stadium Journey to your attention when they’d posted their Fenway review. Well, now they’ve got one of Gillette up and it’s a good read. Having only been to one professional football game in my twenty-nine years on this earth (I’d turn in my Pats fan card but I am not made of money, people), I didn’t experience most of the awesomeness that the writer tells us about. Of course, the game I saw happened in mid-December during a snow storm and the Patriots beat the visiting Jets which is always delightful. The snowstorm was part of the fun. As was watching Pats fans throw snowballs at Chad Pennington on the Jets’ sideline. But aside from the game and some pregame tailgaiting in, I believe, a Camry, there wasn’t all that much going on. Granted, that was nearly five years ago at this point and since then, Patriot Place has been constructed.
While I question whether a stadium built so obviously in the suburbs of a major city can have the same charm and effect of one built in the center of things (the writer mentions Baltimore’s M&T Bank Stadium and some place in Indianapolis that I will not dignify with a mention), I think there is something to be said for letting the elements in which they certainly do at Gillette. Look, I’m from New England. It gets cold here. I deal with it. So can visiting football teams. Real teams, I’m sorry, don’t play in domes. It’s football. You sack up and deal.
Anyway, take a gander at Jack Harver’s review of Gillette Stadium and let me know your thoughts on the place. What’s the best thing about it? What’s the worst? What have your experiences at Patriots games been like? Really, people, until Theo gives me a notarized list of players for the upcoming season, I need to find something else to focus on. Why not the Gillette lighthouse?