Aug. 15, 1971: The New England Patriots ran onto the field for their first game ever in the their new home at Schaefer Stadium in Foxborough. The Patriots broke ground on Sept. 23, 1970,  and the stadium was built in just 327 days at a cost of $6,198,000. The Boston City Council sealed the fate of the Patriots playing in Boston when they defeated the last proposal of a $16 million open arena in Neponset by a 7-2 vote on May 23, 1970. The Patriots beat the New York Giants 20-14 on opening night and the crowd of 61,000 was the largest ever at a Massachusetts sporting event.