Gillette StadiumGillette Stadium


In 2001, during the construction phases of the new stadium, the projected water usage required for the arena indicated that the town of Foxborough would not be able to supply the additional 600,000 gallons of water, causing a strain on the city on game day. It was also made apparent that the municipal wastewater treatment facility in place would not be able to handle the excess wastewater flow. Additional services necessary for the stadium and the town of Foxborough included managing the water reuse system, repair and maintenance, customer services and capital planning.

Collaboration for Results

NSU worked closely with the town of Foxborough, the Patriots and another engineering firm to ensure that the facility exceeded the Town’s requirements and was constructed within budget and on schedule. The municipality and the client cooperated in the construction of a water reuse system that resolved both problems. The system includes a 1,000,000 gallon tank to capture the wastewater flows generated by fans; force mains: a 250,000 gallons per day membrane bioreactor (MBR) treatment plant that generates water suitable for reuse; and a 500,000 gallon elevated storage tank for reclaimed water use.

Sustainable Communities

The goal was to create a sustainable and environmentally friendly system to produce high-quality reuse water for the stadium’s 66,000 fans during peak halftime flush periods without creating additional demands on the community’s existing systems. The implemented system returns high-quality treated wastewater both to the stadium and the adjacent Patriot Place. The recycled water is used for toilets, facilities cooling as well as other purposes. The system currently has the capacity to treat an average of 250,000 gallons of wastewater per day, with the potential for future expansion.

NSU designed, built, and currently operates the water reuse system for Gillette Stadium and Patriot Place; home of the New England Patriots Football Team.

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