Patriots fans are going to have to pony up some more dough to get in the doors at Gillette Stadium in 2023.
For the first time since 2008, New England has increased ticket prices stadium-wide for the upcoming season. They informed season-ticket holders in a Wednesday morning email. Most of the stadium’s individual sections had gone up at least once in the past 15 years, but 15% of the seats had remained the same, per to the Boston Globe.
That’ll change this season.
According to a study posted by NewsWeek, the Patriots already had the third-highest ticket prices in the NFL, but a $225 million renovation is also expected to be finished by Week 1 next season.
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The Patriots are adding some new parking offers that may help ease the burden. Here they are in their totality from the email:
1. Free general parking: To improve the efficiency of arriving traffic, parking will be free in all stadium-owned general parking lots (across Route 1 from the stadium).
2. Be paid to park: Those who choose to park in our 75-minute delayed release lot will earn a $50 Visa gift card when entering the lot.
3. Stadium-side prepaid parking: Season Ticket Members have the option to purchase an electronic and transferable season parking pass for $225 ($25 per game).
In a letter to season ticket holders earlier this offseason, Robert and Jonathan Kraft promised “critical evaluations of all elements of our football operation” for the 2023 season, and they’ve since overhauled their offensive coaching staff, bringing Bill O’Brien and Adrian Klemm into the fold.
“Unfortunately, our season ended sooner than we hoped yesterday afternoon in Buffalo. While we always want to be playing games with playoff implications in Week 18, our expectation was to perform better throughout the season and to advance through the playoffs. We can assure you that no one in our organization is satisfied with the results from this past season.
“In the weeks ahead, we will be making critical evaluations of all elements of our football operation as we strive to improve and return to the playoffs next year.
“When we welcome you back for the 2023 season, we anticipate presenting you with an improved product on the field, as well as many exciting new features and additions to Gillette Stadium. You have helped create a dominant home-field advantage over the past 20 years and we look forward to creating many more memorable moments in the years ahead.
“As always, we are extraordinarily thankful for the support you provide us and the strong foundation our organization has as a result.
“With great appreciation,
“Robert Kraft, Jonathan Kraft.”