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New England Patriots Preseason Details
The New England Patriots have cultivated a regional fanbase with training camps based in Rhode Island and Massachusetts since the club’s founding in 1960. The team had three training stints at the University of Massachusetts before moving to Rhode Island’s Bryant College in 1976. Patriots fans near Boston enjoyed the team’s move to the newly opened Gillette Stadium in 2002 because they could watch the team from training camp to postseason.
Fans heading to the Patriots training complex for preseason practices find plenty of places to sit or stand around the practice field. New England builds enthusiasm among fans of all ages with football-related activities open until one hour following each practice. The Patriots training camp experience includes local food trucks and vendors that sell food, drinks, and team memorabilia. Attendees of the team’s free training camp sessions can also visit the Patriots Pro Shop and the Hall at Patriot Place to celebrate New England’s past successes.
The Patriots maintain a few preseason traditions that connect the players with the fans. Rookies are initiated after practice by jumping into a muddy corner of the practice field. The team also rotates position groups for autograph sessions throughout training camp.
Patriots preseason history started with the team’s victory over the Buffalo Bills in the first American Football League preseason game on July 30, 1960. The Patriots broke in the newly built Foxboro Stadium on August 15, 1971, with a preseason game against the New York Giants. Quarterback Tom Brady started his path from a late-round draft pick to a multi-Super Bowl winning player during the 2000 Hall of Game preseason game against the San Francisco 49ers.
Football fans can learn more about the Patriots while enjoying amenities offered throughout the season at Gillette Stadium. The stadium houses the Patriots Hall of Fame, which features exhibits about the team’s humble origins and their Super Bowl successes.
The New England Patriots rekindle their Super Bowl rivalry with the Giants every preseason. The Patriots lost two Super Bowls to the Giants, adding some tension to each exhibition game. The Carolina Panthers also frequently play the Patriots in the preseason, reviving a past Super Bowl contest. Patriots fans also see NFC North teams like the Green Bay Packers and the Detroit Lions during the preseason.
When do New England Patriots preseason tickets go on sale?
The New England Patriots start selling preseason tickets following the release of their exhibition schedule in April.
How much do New England Patriots preseason tickets cost?
Patriots preseason games are hot tickets in the Northeast with an average resale price of $102 per ticket. Ticket prices vary based on the team’s opponents.