Football is back! Huge crowds turned out for the New England Patriot’s first public practice of the season Thursday. They could hardly contain themselves when Rob Gronkowski walked onto the field for the first time since being medically cleared to play.
“I'm very excited- absolutely excited. Hope to not see him be injured this year and make it though the season,” said one fan.
“[We] left at 3:30 this morning,” said die hard fans Samantha Gosselin and Alice Gagne who drove in from Maine to be at Gillette Stadium as the team kicked off the new season. “We were probably like the 8th people that got here.”
Hundreds of people were in the stands for the training camp. For some attending the pre-season practices are a tradition.
“I've been coming, this is my 7th year in a row, and I’m excited to see what the season brings,” said Michelle Breckel of Johnston.
Other, smaller fans, like 9 month old Jameson, got their first taste of football.
“Very special, very special. I mean he probably won’t remember it, but I definitely will,” said his father, Mike Mcavoy.
Fans had front row seats to all of the action. They kept a close eye on their favorite players including number 12, Tom Brady, and so far, they like what they see.
“I think they are going to make it to the Superbowl,” said Paul Pittman of Dartmouth.
“I think it's going to be a good season. I think we are going to take it all the way,” said Billy Grant of Athol.
The Patriots have another training camp open to the public Friday and Saturday, beginning at 9:15 AM.