FOXBORO, MASS. (WHDH) - Crews at Gillette Stadium recently showed off some of the facility’s big changes ahead of the upcoming Patriots season, showcasing amenities ranging from a new massive screen at the stadium to changes to Gillette’s popular lighthouse.

Now 21-years-old, Gillette Stadium is nearing the end of a massive $250 million renovation project. 

“It started 15 years ago and I think everything we’ve done over the time, kind of culminating with this, has kept us state of the art as one of if not the best stadiums in the NFL,” said Kraft Sports + Entertainment Chief Operating Officer Jim Nolan.

“It will feel different,” said Jen Ferron, Kraft Sports + Entertainment’s chief marketing officer . “It will feel like a new building.”

Stadium officials opened the doors on Tuesday, holding a walkthrough of the nearly completed construction site. During the event, officials provided details on upgrades that include a new and enhanced 22-story lighthouse and a high-resolution scoreboard. 

The signature lighthouse in the north endzone will have a 360-degree view from its observation deck.

“I think the lighthouse is really the signature piece that is going to tie it all together,” Ferron said. “I think the vantage point from 218 feet in the air is something that will be incredibly unique and exciting.”

The scoreboard is sixty feet tall and 360 feet wide, making it the largest outdoor video board in the country. 

“We can be showing video,” Ferron said, discussing the board’s capabilities. “We can have statistics. We can have animations, instant replay, gameplay, fantasy stats. Anything that you can imagine will be able to be shown on the board.”

“That truly impacts every single person that comes to the building,” Nolan said.

Other upgrades at Gillette include an expanded lower concourse, an upper concourse wrapping a full 360 degrees around the stadium and a one-of-a-kind view into the stadium tunnel from the Bud Light Celebration Beer Hall.

Together, the upgrades are all part of an ongoing effort to keep Gillette Stadium sustainable well into the future.

“If you look at many NFL stadiums of our same age, they’re looking to build new buildings,” Nolan said. “We’re just looking forward to the next 20 years in this one.”

The new upgrades at Gillette Stadium are on track to open in time for the Patriots regular season home opener later this year.

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