In 1994, Robert Kraft took over the New England Patriots after which a grass turf was fitted at the infamous Foxboro Stadium to draw games for the World Cup game that year. Robert focuses on doing the same once the Gillette Stadium is approved to host the World Cup games in 2026.
Robert Kraft’s strategies have been forwarded to the FIFA leaders who joined Brian Bilello alongside Kraft in starting a 9-city tour of the stadium on Wednesday morning. The Gillette officials claimed that they would replace the synthetic surface to revive the irrigation system to reinstate the original turf.
On top of that, the sideline seating will be eliminated to create enough field width. They intend to make the stadium for about six matches including four initial group games followed by two knock-out contests similar to the 1994 situation where over 324,000 fans went to the Foxboro Arena for the World Cup matches.
The highlights of these six matches were the Argentina victories that staged Diego Maradona’s last international appearances. Diego was suspended after consuming a banned item that made his test turn out positive. The Italians also won against Nigeria followed by Spain.
Infrastructure renovation will be expensive, but the expected revenue will justify it and on top of that it will be more exposed and prestigious since the global TV audiences will watch it every game. Gillette is among the best 17 stadia in the US, and it will be among the eleven to be considered since he chairs the Bid Group of the 2026 competition.
Robert Kraft’s Background Information
Robert Kraft is a Brookline native who went to public learning institutions before joining Columbia University. He graduated in 1963 and got a fellowship that enabled him to earn an MBA from Harvard University, School of Business. In 1968, Robert began a packaging operation. See this page for additional information.
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