Patriots season opener kicks off today

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FOXBORO, Mass. (WLNE) — The excitement is brewing all across New England as the New England Patriots return to the field for the start of the regular season.

Fans are already preparing for the return of NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell where he will be seeing the fifth Super Bowl banner unveiled for the first time.

At the moment, all is quiet at Gillette Stadium, but it will not come Thursday tonight.

Approximately 70,000 people are expected to flood the stadium gates for the Patriots first game against the Kansas City Chiefs.

This will be the first time fans will see the fifth Super Bowl banner hanging at the stadium. Gillette actually had to make some additions in order to get all five banners to fit inside the stadium.

Fresh off the Super Bowl win, players are ready to go Thursday night. In fact, tight end Rob Gronkowski was excited to get back on the field and see all of the fans.

“For the fans it’s going to be a great atmosphere everything going on, the banner drop, fireworks. We just try to block that out because were playing a big game we got the chiefs and nothings more important than opening the kickoff and being prepared for them but you’re going to be juiced up running out of that tunnel it’s going to be loud and its going to be fun,” said Gronkowski.

The other big news is that Goodell will be in the stadium for Thursday night’s game where Barstool Sports handed out towels to tailgaters picturing Goodell sporting a clown nose.

Thus far, Patriots ownership has not banned the towels from the stadium, but barstool is recommending all fans to keep them under wraps until they get inside the stadium.

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