Foxborough, Mass. - In this political season with so much talk about red and blue states, The Hall at Patriot Place presented by Raytheon has shown that all states are in fact red, white and blue states.
It has been just over a month since The Hall opened its doors to the public, but in that short time Patriots fans from 46 states have paced its galleries. The Hall has attracted fans from the far reaches of Patriots' fandom to Foxborough and the represented states range from the local (all six New England states are counted for) to the remote (Alaska and Hawaii) and everything in between. In addition, Patriots fans from one federal district (Washington, D.C.) and one territory (Puerto Rico) have made treks to The Hall.
State No. 46 fell into place this weekend with Patriots fans making the journey from Iowa. The only states remaining to be represented by paid visitors to The Hall are Alabama, Mississippi, Nevada and South Dakota. Now, the race is on for Patriots fans in those states to make their way to The Hall to fill in the map. The Hall looks forward to rewarding the fan who completes the missing state puzzle.
"The response that we have seen from fans all over the country has been amazing," said Bryan Morry, Executive Director of The Hall. "I think the fact that so many people from so many different places have come to visit in such a short time is a reflection of the interest people have in the Patriots and what the Kraft Family has created here."
Among The Hall's first visitors were Skip and Bridget Forsburg of Ohio. The Forsburgs strolled The Hall's galleries on its opening day as part of a weekend trip that began with the inaugural Patriots Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony on Patriot Place Plaza and concluded with touring the brand new pantheon to football in New England.
"I first became a fan in 1976," Skip said on Oct. 22. "That team pulled me in with the way that they played, as a team. It's just amazing to see how far the team has come from then to now with everything here. It's been really fun getting to see all of those memories from then come to life again."
ABOUT THE HALL AT PATRIOT PLACE PRESENTED BY RAYTHEON
The Hall at Patriot Place presented by Raytheon is the crown jewel of Patriot Place and the only sports and education experience of its kind. Through a dazzling array of interactive and immersive multimedia exhibits and artifacts, The Hall at Patriot Place presented by Raytheon showcases the history of the New England Patriots, explores the history of football in New England, and promotes math and science education for the thousands of schoolchildren expected to visit each year. For more information, please visit www.patriot-place.com/thehall.