Click here for a slideshow of photos I took at Gillette Stadium yesterday.
Also, kind of a side note: beyond the walls of Gillette, Foxboro is changing, almost overnight--there's a ton of construction around Gillette Stadium for Patriots Place, the new mega-shopping / entertainment / and now, apparently, medical center. I can completely understand why the Patriots are doing that construction--I've long questioned why the Patriots, as one of the supposedly premier franchises in the NFL, play someplace where there really isn't anything to do (or hardly anywhere to stay) other than in the square-mile-or-less area of the stadium. And even then, what there has been to do there is tailgate in the parking lot. Foxboro's traditionally been the definition of blue-collar, Massachusetts town, and the area around the stadium shows it--an office building here, the End Zone Motel there, Bickford's just up the street!
There's nothing at all wrong with that--my own hometown is much the same. But when you're playing host to a professional football franchise in this day and age--especially one now openly being compared to some of the greatest dyntasty franchises in NFL history--the End Zone Motel just ain't gonna cut it.
Still, a word to the wise if you plan to go to the game any time soon--allow plenty of extra time to get in to what little parking is left around the Stadium right now. The delays yesterday were unlike anything I've ever experienced at Gillette. In fact, I missed the entire first quarter in large part due to the parking situation (and concomitant backup on Rte. 1) . Also, be prepared to be herded through a narrow cattle chute through the closest parking lots post-game.
More on the game itself coming right up.