Robert Kraft Plans To Host World Cup Games At Gillette Stadium

Robert Kraft is an international figure that has been in the sports scene for almost five decades. He is even more known for attracting the World Cup to specific regions and stadiums. For instance, in 1994, the American businessman gained control of the Patriots and installed a grass surface at the Foxboro stadium. The move was aimed at hosting the World Cup.

Kraft intends to achieve a similar effect with Gillette Stadium after bidding to host the World Cup games in 2026. The plans were recently presented to FIFA representatives who joined Robert Kraft and the Revolution president Brian Bilello as they kicked off the nine-city tour from Gillette Stadium. During the meeting at the stadium, Gillette officials stated that they would remove the synthetic surface and revive the dormant stadium irrigation system to bring back its natural turf. Sources close to the representatives also noted that the stadium officials would eliminate some sideline seats to satisfy the FIFA field-width requirements.

Gillette Stadium officials hope to be approved to host up to six games, four in the group stage and two in the elimination contests. This objective will replicate the 1994 World Cup attended by more than 324,000 people at the Foxboro Stadium. Fans attending Foxboro witnessed two Argentinian victories, including the last known international appearance of Diego Maradona. The stadium also hosted a game where Italy won against Nigeria in the World Cup second round and the Spanish team in the quarterfinals.

Robert Kraft and the other leaders understand that the required infrastructure modifications may be costly, but it is all worth it compared to the expected revenue. Gillette Stadium will benefit from the exposure and prestige of hosting World Cup matches as hundreds of millions of fans watch the games worldwide on TV. Gillette is currently considered among the 17 favorite stadiums in the US. This achievement is linked partly to Kraft being an honorary chair in its 2026 World Cup hosting Bid Group. Visit this page for related information.


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