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Gillette Stadium has ‘highest’ antiterrorism security standards

Gillette Stadium in Foxborough.Barry Chin / Boston Globe staff

Gillette Stadium, home of the New England Patriots football and New England Revolution soccer teams, meets the highest standards for antiterrorism security, according to the US Department of Homeland Security.

As a result, the stadium has received federal Safety Act designation and certification through April 30, 2022 – status that, under the federal law, limits the legal liability of the stadium and its operators for claims resulting from an act of terrorism.

The award announced recently covers Gillette Stadium’s security procedures for all ticketed events, including concerts, NCAA athletics, and international soccer matches, and encompasses the entire stadium property, including the field, locker rooms, parking areas, seating, gates, and mechanical systems.


“Our number one priority is the safety of our patrons, and this certification shows the amount of thought and effort that goes into making sure everyone who comes to any ticketed event at Gillette Stadium is safe,” Mark Briggs, the chief operating officer of TeamOps, which manages and operates the security programs for Gillette Stadium, the Patriots, the Revolution, Boston College, Harvard University, and Patriot Place, said in a press release.

Briggs said Gillette Stadium, which has 66,829 seats, was the first in New England to receive the certification, and the fourth National Football League stadium to be named.

He thanked the Foxborough police and fire departments, State Police, FBI, National Guard, and state Executive Office of Public Safety and Security for their “efforts and partnership” toward security at the stadium.

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