Re: Pats Tickets
posted at 5/2/2012 9:28 AM EDT
Ender, if you can hook up with a season ticket holder, that's your safest (and probably cheapest) bet. (I'm a season ticket holder, but I think all my tickets are already accounted for!).
As far as where to sit, I prefer the third deck since you get a great view of the whole field and can see plays develop. It's like watching the coaches film. However, it is very high up and the guys will look like little dots. Rows 1-7 in the third deck are very nice if you can get them (they are lower than the concourse level so they are much closer to the field than rows 8-26, which are above the concourse). If you can't get a seat in rows 1-7 but want to be in the third deck, try for something closer than row 15 or 16. Once you get behind that area, you're way back in the nosebleeds. I like the middle six sections near the fifty yard line in the third deck (sections 307-312 on the east side and sections 329-334 on the west side). The east side (Patriots sideline) is sunny, which is nice if you like sun--but sometimes the sun is in your eyes, so I actually prefer the west side. Bring binoculars if you sit up here . . .
If you want to be closer to the action, I'd suggest the back of the first section (high enough to see the plays better). In any stadium, I think you either want to be close to the fifty yard line or close to the middle of the endzone and high enough up to see the action anywhere on the field. For endzone seats, try for sections 142 and 143 (north endzone) or 120 and 121 (south endzone). For midfield seats, try 108-111 (sunny east side) or 130-133 (shaded west side). In the first section, I prefer to be at least 20 or 25 rows back, though some people like to be as close to the field as possible. I just think you can't see the game all that well when you're too close.
Tickets are expensive at Gillette--and the first level will be pricey if you're buying them on StubHub. Personally, I like the third deck, so if you don't mind being far from the action, you can get a good seat there for a lot less cash.
Also . . . come to the stadium early if you can to soak in the atmosphere. One hour before game time, they let the fans get close to the players field entrance near the north endzone. If you go down there at that time, you can see the QBs, DLs, LBs, and OLs walk in close up . . . it's kind of fun if it's your first time at the stadium. Those linemen are really, really huge up close . . .