New England Patriots Tickets
The New England Patriots was established in November nineteen fifty nine as a team. Billy Sullivan acquired the eighth and last franchise of the American Football League (AFL). They opened the first training camp in nineteen sixty with over three hundred fifty players reporting. Ultimately, a team of thirty-five players was created with the first preseason game played at War Memorial Stadium in Buffalo. The first “home” game was played later at Harvard Stadium with a lost to the Dallas Texans. The first regular season opener occurred at Boston University with a lost to the Denver Broncos. Games were held at Boston University, Harvard Stadium, and Fenway Park. Without a permanent stadium to play in, the Patriots struggled in the early years and New England Patriots tickets were selling at an unpredictable level. It took approximately thirteen years for the team to appear in a post-season game.
A 1970 move to Foxborough Stadium, twenty two miles outside of Boston, brought sporadic success, but it was not until regular season games started at the newly 2002 three hundred fifty million dollar constructed Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts that the Patriots attained a true home. This facility has a capacity of approximately sixty nine thousand seats, including six thousand club seats, eighty nine luxury suites, as well as two thousand suite seats with over five hundred concession stands.
Originally named the Boston Patriots and part of the American Football League from 1960 through 1969, they joined the National Football League in 1970 through present. They formally became the New England Patriots in nineteen seventy one, with a nickname of “The Pats”. Team ownership has changed three times from Sullivan to Victor Kiam in nineteen eighty eight to James Orthwein in nineteen ninety two to Robert Kraft, the current owner, in nineteen ninety four. During the Orthwein’s ownership, the team had major coaching changes, a new logo and uniform changes, as well as two playoff appearances. The New England Patriots became the “first professional sports team to launch their own website – www.patriots.com” in nineteen ninety five. 1996 brought an outstanding season with the AFC Championship and a Super Bowl appearance for the second time in the Patriot team history.
Head Coach Bill Belichick arrived in two thousand and has helped the Patriots to become one of the most successful football teams in NFL history. Victories include winning seasons since 2001 as well as consecutive Super Bowl wins. With the addition Coach Belichick, as well as quarterback Tom Brady, the New England Patriots have the longest winning streak of both regular season and playoff games in NFL history. Coach Belichick and the Patriots attained a regular season perfect 16-0 record in two thousand seven. The fourth team in NFL history to accomplish this, as well as the only team to do this with the league sixteen game regular season expansion. Belichick’s success has also been attributed to precise on-field and off-field team strategies. He stresses versatility, a team approach, preparation, as well as a strong work ethic. As you can imagine New England Patriots tickets are always in high demand. The Patriots have three Super Bowl Championships in 2001 (Super Bowl XXXVI), 2003 (Super Bowl XXXVIII), and 2004 (Super Bowl XXXIX). Additionally, they have seven Conference championships, as well as fifteen division championships and nineteen playoff appearances.
With the Robert Kraft purchase of one hundred seventy five million, the New England Patriots sell out tickets every game, valuing the two thousand nine franchise value to over one billion dollars. As of 2011, the “New England Patriots are the sixth most valuable sports franchise in the world” according to Forbes magazine. Ticket sells average two hundred ninety two dollars during regular season with secondary market ticket sells ranging from twenty six dollars to eleven thousand dollars. “Patriot Place”, the entertainment shopping and dining area outside the stadium also contributes to the ticket sell success.
The New England Patriots made history in 2004 as the second team in National Football League history to win three Super Bowl in four years. Their 2003-2004 team performance resulted in the most successful two year run in the history of the NFL, setting an NFL record with thirty four victories. This accomplishment will again provide the New England Patriots tickets sellout opportunities as a team with loyal fan support. The 2012 Patriot season kicked off with travel to London, England to play the St. Louis Rams. Jet lag allowed the matchup to start slowly, but the Patriots went on to win with a 45-7 victory. Rob Gronkowski made unbelievable plays and showed the world, the Patriots are still a phenomenal team.
The National Football League allows only fifty three men to be active on team roster. Offensive and defensive consist of eleven starters each with thirty-one non-starters rounding out the rest of the roster. General Manager and Head coach Bill Belichick believes the Patriots roster should be versatile, as well as little larger due to potential injuries and trades. With this in mind, the Patriots currently have a 2013 roster of eighty seven players, with forty-three offensive, thirty nine defensive, and five specialists.
Current quarterbacks include Tom Brady, Ryan Mallett, and Tim Tebow. Brady remains in starting position, with Mallett as his primary backup, and Tebow in position three. Josh McDaniels is Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks coach. Running backs include a team of eight coached by Ivan Fears. Shane Vereen from California is expected take the top spot with Leon Washington, a veteran also contributing. Rookie Brandon Bolden is also expected to battle for playing time. There are six tight end players. Rob Gronkowski is currently injured with a broken arm, but is expected to recover and play in the starting position. Michael Hoomanawanui is his backup. The other tight end players continue on the injury list, with the exception of Zach Sudfeld, who is expected to fight for playing time. Coach George Godsey heads this group.
Wide receivers include a team of twelve coached by Chad O’Shea. Danny Amendola is expected to play in the top spot. This is an area of opportunity for Coach Belichick, as foot injuries have continued to plague this group. There are fifteen offensive line players. Offensive line coach Dante Scarnecchia has high hopes of returning solid success with his entire team.
The defensive line includes sixteen players, with Vince Wilfork from Miami and Rob Ninkovich taking top spots. Rookie Chandler Jones is hoping for another impressive year. Linebackers are a total of ten, with Jerod Mayo from Tennessee expected to be the team’s leader in this area. Brandon Spikes from Florida is also believed to be a huge force in season play. This team of players is coached by Patrick Graham. The Defensive backs are a team of fifteen. The Patriots re-signed Aqib Talib, as this was a key move having this veteran. Depth is extensive with this solid skills team. Coaches for this group include Matt Patricia, Pepper Johnson, and Josh Boyer. Specialists include a team of five. Stephen Gostkowski and Ryan Allen, as well as Danny Aiken are expected to have a strong season. Scott O’Brien coaches this group with the assistance of Joe Judge.
The New England Patriots have a strong versatile team as they move forward. Key players for this year’s season include Tim Tebow, who has the ability to quarterback, play special teams, as well as present a strong offensive force. Adrian Wilson is a former Arizona Cardinals player with the ability to play Safety with his solid speed and physical presence. Leon Washington is a versatile running back. Marcus Cannon is capable of playing anywhere on the offensive line, despite his non- Hodgkin lymphoma. Matt Slater is a University of California Los Angeles graduate who has the ability play on offense and defense teams. Dont’a Hightower is also a key member who can play in offensive backfield, defensive end, as well as line backer. Julian Edelman transitioned from quarterback to wide receiver. His speed is considered a major threat in game play. Rob Ninkovich has been the Patriots best defensive player for more than two seasons. He has the ability to play as an offensive line backer as well as a defensive end. Shane Vereen has great speed and the versatility of playing as a wide receiver, offensive weapon, as well as running back. Devin McCourty rounds out the list of key Patriot players with the ability to play safety, corner back, as well as special teams. Of course Rob Gronkowski plays tight end and continues to be a standout offensive player for the Patriots. Player salaries include Tom Brady with a five year almost seventy one million contract, Rob Gronkowski with an eight year over fifty five million dollar deal, as well as Dont’a Hightower with an almost eight million dollar four year contract to name a few. With this type of talent and commitment, as well as the grand improvements in Gillette Stadium, New England Patriots tickets will continue to be robust offering fans incredible access to great football and luxury ambiance.