Thursday was a busy day at the New England Patriots’ Gillette Stadium. Not only did Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker announce that the venue will be allowed to welcome a limited number of fans again as part of the state’s Phase IV Coronavirus reopening schedule, the mass vaccination site created there also hit a significant milestone: the 100,000th thousand vaccine dose was administered.
With vaccinations underway all over Massachusetts, the state will allow large-capacity venues such as Gillette Stadium to host a limited number of fans starting March 22. While that is of no consequence to the Patriots, their co-occupant — Major League Soccer’s New England Revolution — could have 7,905 fans in attendance once it opens its season in mid-April (12 percent of the stadium’s full capacity).
As for the Patriots, they sent out a letter earlier this week informing season ticket holders that the organization would be “very optimistic that we will have fans in the stands and hopeful that we will be able to do so at full capacity.”