The New England Patriots played without fans in 2020, and it looks like this is about to change. Patriots players really missed their fans. They didn’t make the playoffs, and empty stadiums made everything worse. Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker had his news conference Thursday and announced his recent decision. According to this, large capacity venues will be allowed to host a limited number of fans as of March 22. Gillette Stadium will have fan support after the reopening.
Gillette Stadium has 65,878 seats, and in 2021, it will host 12 percent or 7,905 fans.
Gillette Stadium will soon have fan support, and the reopening will surprise everyone
Stadium officials released a statement, and everyone is so excited about having their fans back.
“On a day that we reached a milestone by administering the 100,000th vaccination for COVID-19 at Gillette Stadium, we are thrilled to hear Governor Charlie Baker’s announcement that the Commonwealth of Massachusetts is officially transitioning to Phase IV beginning March 22, enabling large capacity venues throughout the state to host fans in 2021. This step represents the progress vaccinations are providing to minimize the risk of infection through herd immunity. It is an important step toward a return to normalcy for fans of the New England Revolution and New England Patriots and provides a sense of optimism for a much brighter future ahead.”
“We know that the governor and his staff have worked tirelessly over the past year to create and administer a comprehensive plan to minimize the health impacts of COVID-19 in our communities. We worked closely with their reopening advisory board, the state’s large venue task force and many independent health experts beginning last summer to develop a detailed plan to reopen. As the region’s largest outdoor venue, we are confident in our ability to provide a safe and comfortable environment and look forward to welcoming fans back home to Gillette Stadium this spring.”
“In an effort to provide the state additional resources to defend against the spread of the virus, Gillette Stadium opened as the first mass-vaccination site in the northeast and the largest venue in the Commonwealth. CIC Health is now administering more than 5,000 vaccinations daily at Gillette Stadium with plans to continue expanding its scope as additional quantities of vaccines are made available in the weeks ahead in concert with the state’s priorities.”
Patriots fans are ready for the game
The Patriots are one of nine NFL teams that didn’t allow any fans at Gillette Stadium in 2020. The New York Jets, New York Giants, Las Vegas Raiders, Los Angeles Chargers, Los Angeles Rams, Chicago Bears, San Francisco 49ers and Seattle Seahawks made similar decisions.
The NFL has yet to make a decision on the 2021 preseason. Recent sources reveal the 2021 regular-season schedule will be out in April or May.