The Patriots kicked off their Super Bowl week with a send-off rally at Gillette Stadium that began with the team's game-day broadcast duo of Scott Zolak and Bob Socci getting the crowd going.
Despite the fact that this will be New England's eighth Super Bowl with Bill Belichick serving as the team's head coach and Tom Brady as its starting quarterback, there was a strong crowd of supporters who showed up for the festivities. They filled the NRG Plaza and many overflowed up the plaza steps to get a better view of the stage just outside The Hall at Patriot Place.
The rally began just after 9 a.m. outside The Hall at Patriot Place, and featured a Game of Thrones theme at the NRG Plaza. Three banners were draped inside the plaza -- one for Tom Brady, one for Bill Belichick and one for Rob Gronkowski -- all with their own "house" motto.
NRG Plaza outside of Patriots Hall of Fame getting prepped for Monday’s sendoff rally. Beautiful Saturday afternoon in Foxborough. pic.twitter.com/6jfq1VJqKV— Mike Reiss (@MikeReiss) January 27, 2018
After some planned remarks from members of the club, including chairman and CEO Robert Kraft, Belichick and team captains, the Patriots will head to T.F. Green Airport to make their way to Minneapolis.
"Opening Night" of the Super Bowl -- which has replaced the week's traditional "Media Day" in order to move one of the league's marquee events to prime time -- is set to begin just after 8 p.m. Eastern.