Gillette Stadium has placed a recent bid to host the 2026 World Cup at their field. Robert Kraft, the owner of the stadium, believes this would be a revival of the 1994 World Cup games hosted at Foxboro Stadium where 324,000 fans attended the championship games. To fulfill this objective the stadium will require infrastructure modifications to meet FIFA guidelines. If they win the bid for the 2026 World Cup games, the Gillette stadium will undergo a transformation to install a new grass surface.
Plans have already been submitted to FIFA that include removing the existing synthetic turf and replacing the plumbing infrastructure on the field. The field would also need to be expanded to satisfy the field-width requirements for FIFA, which are 110-120 yards long by 70-80 yards wide. This pitch size ensures there is sufficient space for photographers, cameras, and security around the field.
Once approved, the overall goal is to plan for six matches at the stadium. The 2026 World Cup will be played across three different countries: Canada, Mexico, and the US. This will provide an exceptional opportunity for Gillette stadium to bring communities together in support of the matches. Refer to this page for additional information.
About Robert Kraft:
Robert Kraft is the CEO and Chairman of The Kraft Group. Robert Kraft has a rich history of higher education and successful business ventures leading to his current prominence. Kraft attended Columbia University for undergraduate studies in 1963 and earned an MBA from Harvard Business School in 1965. In 1972, Kraft founded International Forest Products (IFP) which was involved with the commerce of wood, pulp, and paper products.
Later, he became founder of The Kraft Group in 1998 which is a holding group for multiple companies.
Robert Kraft is also the current owner of the New England Patriots football team. Through Kraft’s guidance, he has helped the Patriots develop into a dominant NFL team, winning six Super Bowl championships.
Learn more about Kraft on https://www.thekraftgroup.com/robert-kraft/