Details about Boston’s CDL team are slowly solidifying. We have an idea about their potential roster, we have a pretty solid lock on what the team’s name is going to be (Boston Breach), and we already know that their home base will be Patriot Place in Foxborough, MA.
For those of you unfamiliar with Patriot Place, it’s a massive complex filled with dining, entertainment, and retail spaces, and is about 45 minutes south of Boston proper that the New England Patriots, New England Revolution, and Boston Uprising currently call home. Prior to their partnership with Kraft Sports, Oxygen Esports already played out of Patriot Place’s 18,000 square foot gaming center, Helix eSports. There’s no telling just yet where the team will officially host their home LANs (we already know Gillette Stadium and Patriot Place is about to get a massive facelift), but for now – we can at least talk about the most important part of any live sporting event: how to pre-game Boston Breach LANs.
As someone who’s done their fair share of pre-gaming at Patriot Place and Gillette Stadium, both for sporting events and concerts, I have a pretty good bead on spots that are worth your time when you head down to Foxborough for some CDL LAN action. This isn’t a true “top 5”, but a list of five distinct places to suit any type of fan for some drinks, eats, and entertainment before you cheer on the Breach at Patriot Place.
For Live Music Enthusiasts: Six String Grill & Stage
Six String Grill & Stage just recently replaced Toby Keith’s I Love This Bar & Grill, which used to be one of my favorite places to grab drinks and pre-game eats at Gillette Stadium. They had great wings, served beer in mason jars, and really everything else was just a bonus. Six String seems like it’s a very similar venue, but has much more frequent live music. If you ask me, that’s a really good thing.
I love Toby Keith as much as the next daydrinking sports fan, but it’s always great to hear local artists showcased while deleting some pre-game suds.
For Craft Beer Enthusiasts: Wormtown Brewery
New England’s craft beer scene is absolutely massive. When I’m pre-gaming, I typically don’t gravitate towards something I can’t drink two dozen of – but that doesn’t mean you can’t!
Wormtown is a Massachusetts-based brewery, and they’ve got some great beers (and seltzers!) on tap. “Be Hoppy” is their flagship IPA, but I’m a big fan of their “Mass Whole” Lager, since they’re way more crushable than anything else Wormtown has on tap. If you’re in the mood for a hoppier pre-game, this is your spot.
For Something On The Fancy Side: Bar Louie
Hey, sometimes you wanna class it up. I don’t blame you. If you’re looking for a martini or an old fashioned, Bar Louie is a great joint to get a high-brow buzz going before watching the Boston Breach do their thing. They’ve also got a food truck that can be found roaming Patriot Place.
CDL matches usually happen on the weekends, but if you’re in the area on a Tuesday – Bar Louie does “Burger Tuesdays” specials which I’m told are phenomenal. I came here for a fancy dinner before a Jay-Z and Beyoncé concert one time, and left smelling like bourbon and impeccable credit. Check it out if you’re in the mood for something different.
For Some Pre-Game Games: Splitsville Lanes
I’m pitiful at bowling. Really, I am. I am not nearly competent enough at the game to even have fun attempting to play it. But bowling is popular, people like doing it, and it’s a nice little outing if you get to the stadium a little too early and have time to kill.
Splitsville has some casual beers and eats on the menu, and obviously there’s lots of bowling to be had. I’d strongly recommend to make a reservation ahead of time, or head over as soon as you get to Patriot Place to put your name in and secure a lane for your group. Get the blood flowing, get the competitive spirit rolling, and do your best Fred Flintstone impression.
For Everyone: The Gillette Stadium Parking Lot
Listen, I don’t know what the rules are gonna be for tailgating Boston Breach games at Gillette Stadium. I don’t even know what the parking situation is going to be, for that matter. One thing I do know is that this is New England. Home of more championships than we can count, and some of the best tailgates in the world.
I certainly hope that we see some Call of Duty league tailgates break out this coming season. As long as Patriot Place allows it, it should happen. And if it can happen, we’ll be there to make it happen.
Hopefully this was helpful for you, whether you’ve been to Patriot Place before or are looking to make a pilgrimage once the Call of Duty League season begins next year. We’ll see you there.
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