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Super sendoff

Posted by Chris Forsberg, Boston.com Staff  January 27, 2008 09:14 AM

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For those of you who can't make (or afford) the trek to Glendale, you've got one last chance to cheer on your Patriots in person today at Gillette Stadium for a Super Bowl sendoff.

Stadium lots and gates open at 9 a.m., and the sendoff begins around 10 a.m., with live appearances by the team and Governor Deval Patrick at 11 a.m. Early word is that Tom Brady, who hasn't been spotted in Foxborough all week, may be a part of the proceedings.

Patrick will host the sendoff, where, according to a press release from the Patriots, "fans are invited to see their heroes off in style." For those of you shunning the idea of a second mortgage to buy Super Bowl tickets, you'll be pleased to know that both the event and parking is free at Gillete Stadium.

Here's the full press release:

Governor Patrick to give a Super Bowl sendoff at Gillette Stadium Sunday
Entire Patriots team to participate; Event open to the public with free admission and parking

FOXBOROUGH -- A trip to the Super Bowl deserves a super sendoff, and that’s just what the AFC Champion New England Patriots will get at 10:00 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 27 when Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick gives a sendoff celebration at Gillette Stadium.

Patriots fans are invited to see their heroes off in style prior to the team’s departure for Arizona to take on the New York Giants in Super Bowl XLII. The entire team, as well as head coach Bill Belichick and owner Robert Kraft, will greet fans from the Gillette Stadium field just before boarding buses to the airport.

The event is free and open to the public. Parking at Gillette Stadium is also free. Gillette Stadium parking lots and gates will open at 9 a.m. for the 10 a.m. sendoff. Please note that tailgating will not be allowed in the parking lots on Sunday.

WHAT: Super Bowl Sendoff with Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick
WHEN: Sunday, Jan. 27 at 10 a.m.
WHERE: Gillette Stadium
WHO: Governor Patrick, Robert and Jonathan Kraft, Bill Belichick and the 2007 AFC Champion New England Patriots.

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