A C-5 Galaxy performs a flyby over Gillette Stadium, Foxboro, Mass., Nov. 11, 2012, just before kickoff, to an estimated crowd of more than 68,000. The C-5 is assigned to Westover Air Reserve Base, Mass. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Kelly Galloway)
Gillette Stadium
Gillette Stadium

Model used for wind tunnel testing

Gillette Stadium

Extracted pipe samples

Gillette Stadium serves as home to the New England Patriots and the New England Revolution. The stadium has 68,000 seats on three decks, eighty luxury suites, and over 6,000 club seats. SGH consulted on several problems encountered during the final stages of construction. 


Scope | Solutions


Some of the items SGH consulted on include the following:

  • Cracking and deterioration of structural precast concrete stadia units and their supporting beams

  • Ponding throughout the stadium

  • Strength of the curtain wall of the luxury suites to resist wind loads

  • Leakage from expansion joints

  • Cracked glass handrails

  • Apparent mold growth in the curtain wall surrounding the concourse

  • Valve joint failure in the pump-assisted high zone grey water system


Highlights of SGH’s work include the following:

  • Surveyed structural stadia units using an onsite data capture system that helped streamline the investigation and report the extent of the problems to the owner

  • Performed a petrographic examination of concrete in our laboratory to determine the causes of cracking and deterioration

  • Evaluated construction tolerances to determine the cause of ponding on the stadia units

  • Constructed a scale stadium model for a wind tunnel study to determine wind loads on luxury suite walls for comparison with design assumptions

  • Monitored and evaluated grey water system operation, simulated testing of component failure, coordinated hydrodynamic analysis of the system, and determined the probable cause of the failure

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