Patriots’ first preseason game to feature return of fans to Gillette Stadium


FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (WWLP) – The New England Patriots will be back at Gillette Stadium for their first preseason game, and for the first time since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, there will be fans in the stands.

This is the first time since the 2019 postseason fans have been in the stands and things aren’t too different here in terms of COVID-19 restrictions. Also, all of Gillette has gone touchless. Neither cash or tickets exchange hands, tickets are all mobile and only cards are accepted. Fans don’t seem bothered though, they just want to see the Pats back in action.

“I hope we can make it to the playoffs or at least go 10-7 hopefully,” said Gideon Pearson of Vermont.

There have also been upgrades to the stadium itself, including a transformation of the South End Zone concourse, with renovated concessions offerings, and a brand new expanded video display.

“I want to see Mac Jones take over and get us downfield score some touchdowns and see the patriots go to the Super Bowl.”

New England made a lot of moves in the offseason. They signed quite a few new receivers so you’ll see many new faces throughout the game. Especially at quarterback, rookie Mac Jones is expected to see significant time this game.

Jeopardy! will not be seen at its normal time, but will instead move to 10:30 P.M., following the game.

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