The Globe has several huge spreads through three sections today--Business and Money, City and Region, and the front-page section--detailing the Patriots' plans to build a new complex around Gillette Stadium. I can't say I'm opposed to the idea, though the layout does make it seem like it'll chew up quite a bit of what is now parking space.
It's also not exactly going to be Trump Towers down there--all they're really doing is developing the area the way they probably should have all along. The Patriots museum sounds really cool, but otherwise it's stuff like Bed, Bath and Beyond and some chain restaurants, a movie theater.
It's probably something Foxboro has needed for a long time. It's another instance, I think, where the Patriots and Red Sox are taking a cue from one another; the Red Sox have openly acknowledged picking Bob Kraft's brain for tips on building a winning franchise long-term. Now it seems the Pats are taking a page out of Larry Lucchino and Charles Steinberg's cross-marketing book.
Just to give you an idea of the market there will be for this kind of stuff, here's a fairly representative shot of the Fenway Park area on game day:
And here's one from Foxboro on game day:
It was a surprise when I read about it, but now that I have, I wonder what took them so long.