Celebrate Football at The Hall
Patriots Hall of Fame is a Must-See Attraction for Football Fans
Where can you huddle with Tom Brady, go under the hood to review a close call frame by frame, try on a Super Bowl ring, test your football IQ, attempt a 45-yard field goal in the snow and see four Vince Lombardi trophies? The Hall at Patriot Place: the New England Patriots Hall of Fame at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts.
Unveiled in September 2008, the Patriots Hall is so much more than a repository for team memorabilia. This interactive, state-of-the-art attraction celebrates America's most popular professional sport. "They wanted a museum that's alive," says The Hall's Executive Director Bryan Morry of the Kraft family's desire to create an immersive experience.
I was so impressed with the $32 million facility, I couldn't stop talking about it following my September 2010 visit. On this photo tour, I'll show you why it's a must-see not only for Patriots fans, but for anyone who loves football, even if--horror of horrors--you root for the Jets. As of summer 2015--all-new interactive attractions like the Butler Experience enable fans to relive the excitement of the Patriots' most recent Super Bowl victory.
The Hall at Patriot Place is so much more than a hall of fame for the Patriots, New England's NFL football team. It's a must-see for anyone who loves football.
Don't Miss the Movie
Before you explore the Patriots Hall, be sure to catch the introductory movie shown on the theater's 45-foot-wide screen. "Designed to connect the fan and the region to the team," its goal is "to give you chills," Bryan Morry told me. It sure does!
History and Legacy
The Hall does showcase historic football memorabilia, such as this 1931 Providence Steam Roller uniform worn by George Pyne, the first of three generations of the Pyne family to play for the NFL. Son George Jr. played for the Boston Patriots in 1965.
Modern Artifacts, Too
"Modern artifacts" seems oxymoronic, but of course fans want an up-close look at objects associated with current team members, and the Patriots Hall delivers with everything from Bill Belichick's iconic hoodie to Tom Brady's "Saturday Night Live" script.
In the Numbers
Raytheon is The Hall's presenting sponsor, and the company's MathMovesU education program is also behind the interactive In the Numbers video game hosted by Pat the Patriot, which tests kids' and adults' football knowledge and computation skills.
Football in New England
The Hall of Fame's Football in New England exhibit is "the Krafts' baby," Morry says. It features jerseys from every high school championship team in the region, along with touch stations loaded with information about high school teams and players.
From the second-floor windows, visitors to the Hall at Patriot Place have a view of Gillette Stadium, where the New England Patriots play their home games in Foxborough, Massachusetts. Foxborough is about 30 miles southwest of Boston.
Honoring Legendary Patriots
The Hall of Fame component of the Hall at Patriot Place doesn't just recognize inductees with plaques. From interactive touch stations, visitors can get to know Hall of Famers and select the highlights projected on 30-foot-tall video screens.
Patriots Hall of Famers
As of 2016, there are 25 Patriots Hall of Famers (23 players, 2 contributors). In 2007, a new selection process was introduced that allows fans to choose from a slate of three finalists the one former player or coach who will be inducted each year.
What the Quarterback Hears
Ever wonder what it's like to have a headset in your football helmet? At the Patriots Hall, you can put your ear up to this cross section of a Patriots helmet and listen in as Offensive Coordinator Josh McDaniels communicates with Quarterback Tom Brady.
Tom Brady's Locker
Which Patriots player is more your size? Dive right into replicas of the Patriots' lockers at the Hall of Fame, and find out. You can try on cleats, helmets, jerseys and pads and feel like you're ready to take the field.
Huddle with Tom Brady
Once you've suited up, jump right in the huddle with your Patriots team members and listen to instructions from Quarterback Tom Brady, who's surely destined for Hall of Fame honors.
A Controversial Snow Plow
The snow plow hanging from the ceiling at the Hall isn't just any John Deere. It's the snow plow that played a deciding--and controversial--role in the Patriots' Snow Plow Game victory over the Miami Dolphins on December 12, 1982.
Relive the Snow Bowl
With snow projected on the ceiling of this snow dome, you'll really feel like you're there live watching another famous Patriots game in the snow: 2002's Snow Bowl AFC Divisional Playoff game against the Oakland Raiders at Foxboro Stadium.
Kick a Field Goal
Could you have kicked a 45-yard field goal to tie and a 23-yard field goal to win the Snow Bowl in overtime like Adam Vinatieri? At the Hall at Patriot Place, you'll get your very realistic chance to try.
Can You Block Bruschi?
OK, so maybe your field goal kick didn't quite go the distance. Perhaps you'll do better when you test your reaction time and blocking ability against former Patriots Linebacker Tedy Bruschi.
The Patriots' Parade Duck
Boston Duck Tours provided this custom World War II-era amphibious Duck for the Patriots to ride in during a Rolling Rally in celebration of the team's 2005 Super Bowl win: their third Super Bowl championship in four years. Hall visitors can climb aboard!
One of my favorite display cases at The Hall celebrates the passion of Patriots fans including the fan who bought the team for $175 million in 1994. Robert Kraft was the first long-time season ticket holder and diehard fan to purchase his favorite team.
Try on a Super Bowl Ring
Although the real Super Bowl rings earned by the Patriots are displayed behind glass, you can try on this replica ring held by defensive lineman and three-time Super Bowl champ Richard Seymour. It's one spectacular piece of bling!
Vince Lombardi Trophy
The Patriots won their first Vince Lombardi Trophy in Super Bowl XXXVI at the Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans in 2002. It was a moment devoted Patriots fans will never forget.
The Trophy Room
All three Vince Lombardi trophies the Patriots have brought home to New England are on display in the Trophy Room at the Hall at Patriot Place in Foxborough, MA. Make that FOUR as of 2015! Colorful lighting makes the trophies quite an impressive sight.
Even though I had noticed the confetti on the floor, I was still surprised when confetti rained down on my head as the video displays in the Trophy Room showed the celebrations that followed the Patriots' three Super Bowl victories.
Executive Director Bryan Morry aims to change up items on display frequently so that fans will return. The changing exhibit gallery showcased the Patriots Cheerleaders during my visit. Next up was an exhibit highlighting the 1985 team.
Patriots Pro Shop
Like almost every modern museum, the Hall at Patriot Place has a gift shop. From jerseys, T-shirts and hoodies to autographed memorabilia, you'll find souvenirs and gifts for Patriots fans at the Patriots Pro Shop.
The Patriots Pro Shop is open to the public daily: Admission to the Hall at Patriot Place is not required. Can't get to Foxborough, Massachusetts? You can shop the Patriots Pro Shop online.
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