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Since Gillette Stadium's opening in 2002, its identity has been firmly linked to the New England Patriots and the team's amazing run of success at winning championships. Let's hope that never changes. But even if you're not a football fan there's plenty of reasons to visit Gillette Stadium, and those reasons have been growing more extensive.

Gillette Stadium has become one of the busiest conference and exposition destinations in New England. Like the popularity of its football team, that part of the stadium's business is now booming. Among the various locations on the stadium's grounds, including the Dana-Farber Field house and the Fidelity Investments Clubhouse, tens of thousands of square feet are available for events of all sizes. Add in Gillette Stadium's proximity to Boston and Providence and those cities' airports as well as free and ample parking, and event planners are discovering why Foxborough, Mass., is becoming an event hub.

"People are looking for a unique venue to host meetings and events and are tired of the same old Conference Center or Hotel Conference Room," said the stadium's Event Manager Kellie Morton, "They now understand that Gillette has everything they need to put on a successful event - and that unique element that builds excitement and attendance - the stadium!"

Just looking at the schedule of events for next two months and there's no doubt businesses are seeing the advantage of using Gillette Stadium for their events.

"We are very selective which open-to-the-public shows we will operate" stressed stadium Corporate Development Manager Jeff Connors, "It is critical that we have shows that attract the family atmosphere the Kraft Family has worked so hard to instill for many years and that doesn't end on the football or soccer field"

For more information on any of these shows or to book your own, call 508-384-4369, or email eventbooking@gillettestadium.com . Here's what's coming...

27th Annual North American Home Show Feb. 9 -12 (www.naexpo.com/homeshow)

Over 500 exhibit booths are lined up to help you with your next project. Spring is a great time to expand, remodel and redecorate and the North American Home Show is the perfect place to find the help you need. Meet with contractors and designers, compare products and services and get some great ideas for your home improvements. On display will be the latest in appliances, kitchens, baths and spas, furniture, doors and windows, swimming pools, lawns and garden, and much more.

The 2nd Annual Foxborough Bridal Expo Show Feb. 19 (www.osbornejenks.com)

With a proven format of combining fashion shows with a huge vendor presence, Osborne/Jenks bridal shows offer couples the unique opportunity to shop for every facet of their wedding needs in one location. It's the ultimate timesaver. You'll be offered options for every type of bridal product or service with a wide variety of styles and prices to suit every taste and budget.

26th Annual Racearama 'n Tradeshow Mar. 3-5 (www.speedwayscene.com)

Whether racing cars are your business or you just love motor sports, Racearama 'n Tradeshow is the place for you! The event welcomes the general public to experience various forms of motor sports, offering a mix of vendors that helps satisfy both the hard-core racer and the motor sports enthusiast. Exhibitors include performance product vendors, restoration parts dealers, racing facilities, race sanctioning bodies, apparel retailers and memorabilia dealers. Vendors represent all aspects of motor sports: stock car, open-wheel, drag, road course and off-road racing plus street performance vehicles.

3rd AAA Travel Show Mar. 3-5 (www.aaa.com)

The 3rd annual AAA Travel Marketplace, returns with exclusive partners and big savings on Cruises, Tour Packages , Drive Vacations , Attraction Tickets and more! Find great deals from the biggest names in travel, plus receive FREE Samsonite & American Tourister luggage or American Express gift cards when you book a vacation valued at $750 or more! Discount admission coupons are available online at aaa.com or in any AAA branch office.

2nd Annual Massachusetts Boat & Water Show Mar. 10-12 (www.macevents.com)

The 2nd Massachusetts Boat & Water Show provides boaters with a fantastic ending to the boat show season in New England. With warmer weather just around the corner, use this event to hook those last-minute savings offered by the major marine manufacturers. Over 200 boats (15' to 32') will be on hand, from center console fishing boats to offshore sport fishing boats, bow riders to sport cruisers, personal watercraft to bass boats, deck boats to aluminum boats and more!

2nd Annual Massachusetts RV & Camping Show Mar. 17-19 (www.macevents.com)

Begin planning your camping vacations for the coming season, trade-up to your dream RV, see the new 2006 RVs or just learn about the joys of travel in a recreational vehicle at the RV Show! Whether you're a new or experienced RVer or camper, this show is the best place in town to learn about new products, travel destinations and the RV Lifestyle. You'll have the chance to check out everything from luxurious highline motor homes to folding campers and everything in between. Plus, talk with representatives from the region's highest rated campgrounds and start planning your family's summer RV travel.

2006 MSBA Annual Sport Fishing Exposition Mar. 25-26 (www.msba.net)

Featured attractions include two seminar theatres, expert and national celebrity fishermen, MSBA fishing museum and just about every imaginable rod, reel or tool you'll need to haul in the next big one. This is an absolute must stop if you're planning even a single cast this season.

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