Globe Insiders

The Patriots in the ’70s

In the middle of the NFL season, we take a look at the Patriots in the 1970s. In 1971, the team officially became the New England Patriots (formerly Boston Patriots) and during that same year they found a new home in Foxborough. Prior to that, they did not have a consistent home field. The games were previously played at Fenway Park, Harvard Stadium, Alumni Stadium, and Nickerson Field. With a new stadium in Foxborough that held bigger crowds, more fans were paying attention. The team made it to the playoffs twice in this decade, but lost in the first round in both attempts. - Leanne Burden Seidel and Lisa Tuite