The New England Patriots are a professional American football team based in the Greater Boston area. The team was founded in 1959 as the Boston Patriots and was a charter member of the American Football League (AFL) before joining the NFL in 1970 through the AFL–NFL merger. The franchise is owned by Robert Kraft, who purchased the team in 1994. The Patriots play home games at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts, which is 22 miles southwest of downtown Boston. The team has struggled to find a permanent home stadium, playing at four different Boston-area locations in 10 years before relocating to Foxborough in 1971 and changing its name to the New England Patriots. The Patriots are known for their success on the field, having won multiple division titles and Super Bowls.