Gillette Stadium and its lighthouse will be undergoing renovations

Gillette Stadium is getting a dramatic new look starting next year. What the Kraft family is announcing as the "most dramatic Gillette Stadium improvements since its opening in 2002," includes an updated plaza leading into the stadium, a prominent new HD video board, and a massive upgrade to the signature lighthouse in the north end of the stadium. The new development will enlarge the current lighthouse to a 218-foot structure, "complete with a 360-degree observation deck at the top, providing sweeping views of the stadium, the game field, Patriot Place and beyond." The observation deck is expected to remain open year round for fans, as well as be able to be rented for private events. If you thought this year's south end video board upgrade was huge, the new north end screen is about to blow that away. Touted as the largest outdoor stadium high definition video board in the country, the 22,000 square foot screen will be almost double the size of the one installed for this season. [caption id="attachment_144853" align="aligncenter" width="1280"] Photo: Kraft family/Patriots[/caption] Construction will also include a 75,000 square foot hospitality space, that will bridge the gap between the East and West Putnam Clubs, suites, and upper concourse with a glass-enclosed structure. Slated to begin at the beginning of 2022, construction is expected to be completed in time for the 2023 NFL season.