The New England Patriots are from the state of Massachusetts. The team plays all of their home games at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass.
The team formed in 1959 and in 1960, the first head coach, Lou Saban, took his place with the team. Originally called the Boston Patriots, the team first played at Boston University Field and at Harvard University because they did not have a permanent home stadium. It was at Boston University Field that the Boston Patriots opened their first training camp on July 4, 1960. The team's first game, however, took place at Harvard University on August 14, 1960, where the team lost to the Dallas Texans. After the NFL and AFL merger in 1971, the Patriots took their place in the AFC East Division, and within a year, they had a new stadium in Foxborough called Foxboro Stadium. As they made the new stadium their home, they attempted to change their name to the Bay State Patriots. An overseeing NFL committee refused the name change, however. On March 23, 1981, the team officially became known as the New England Patriots. In 2002, Gillette Stadium was built and opened and it became the new home field for the team.