In 10 days, the New England Patriots will play for their record-tying sixth Super Bowl title, when the team takes on the NFC-winning Los Angeles Rams on the game’s biggest stage. On Tuesday, the club announced that it will leave the New England area to fly to Atlanta for Super Bowl 53 on Sunday, January 27 — and not was not all.
The trip to Georgia, after all, is only one important date on the AFC champions’ agenda that day. Before leaving, players and coaches will be part of a Super Bowl send-off rally at Foxboro’s Gillette Stadium. The event, which will take place at NRG Plaza outside The Hall at Patriots Place, is free and doors will open at 8:00 a.m. ET. The rally itself will then start two hours later at 10:00 a.m. ET.
Sunday’s event will not be the first one of its kind as the team usually holds send-off rallies when it travels to play the Super Bowl. When the Patriots went to Houston and Minneapolis the last two years to play in Super Bowls 51 and 52, respectively, the club also held rallies outside Gillette Stadium. And when looking back at those events, we can give an educated guess who will be part of the action.
Team owner Robert Kraft and head coach Bill Belichick will speak to the fans, with Tom Brady and the rest of the team’s captains — center David Andrews, running back James White, safeties Devin McCourty and Patrick Chung, as well as special teamer Matthew Slater — also present. So make sure to mark your calendars and come support your team!