The New England Patriots have been teasing their banner ceremony this whole summer and their latest video shows how the team raised the banners to their new home beneath the Gillette Stadium sign.
The journey home.— New England Patriots (@Patriots) August 25, 2017
Watch the banners arrive at @GilletteStadium, including some pretty cool footage from the crane: pic.twitter.com/ahXSsE424o
It’s a fun video and I’m excited to see how all the banners look when they’re revealed. I’m also curious to see if the team will ever add a “Ring of Fame” player list banner on one side of the concrete or any other types of accolades.
ESPN’s Mike Reiss had a few extra notes from behind the scenes of the Patriots stadium restructure in his weekly Sunday rundown.
Apparently, according to Reiss, when the Patriots designed Gillette, “there had never been any thought on where to put a Super Bowl championship banner,” because the team had zero during the design process. The Patriots won their first title months before the stadium opened and now there are five. What a turn of events.
The re-design cost “millions,” which is the best expenditure the Kraft family will have to make on the stadium, but it should meet the needs for the team at least for a few more seasons:
Patriots have space for 7 banners underneath the Gillette Stadium sign. Could have 4 more on concrete sides where banners used to hang. pic.twitter.com/O04ZJ9IS8a— Rich Hill (@PP_Rich_Hill) August 24, 2017
The Patriots should make their Super Bowl LI banner debut during the season opener against the Kansas City Chiefs on Thursday, September 7th.