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Important Ticketholder Information for Sunday's Patriots-Texans 2018 Regular Season Opener at Gillette Stadium

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. - The New England Patriots will kick off Week 1 of the 2018 NFL regular season on Sunday, Sept. 9, against the Houston Texans at Gillette Stadium (1:00 p.m. kickoff). The Patriots have 32 opening day wins in franchise history and are 8-2 in their last 10 home openers. Gillette Stadium officials are requesting the media's assistance in communicating important information to fans attending Sunday's home opener. 

CLEAR BAG POLICY IN EFFECT

Fans attending Sunday's game are reminded that bags larger than a small wristlet or handheld wallet will not be allowed inside Gillette Stadium, per the venue's clear bag policy, which is in effect at all ticketed events. If carrying a bag into the stadium is necessary, the only options are a clear plastic bag not exceeding 12" x 6" x 12" (a capacity of 1 gallon) or a small wristlet or handheld wallet not exceeding 8" x 5" x 2" (approximately the size of a hand). 

Please note that bags larger than the permitted size, including purses, shoulder bags and backpacks, will not be allowed inside Gillette Stadium and will not be held or stored by the venue. These items must be returned to a vehicle before entering the stadium. For more information on the clear bag policy, visit http://www.gillettestadium.com/bagpolicy.

MOBILE TICKETS

The use of mobile tickets is permitted for all Patriots games this season. Gillette Stadium officials strongly encourage fans using mobile tickets to download their tickets onto their smartphones prior to arriving at the stadium gates for ease of entry into the venue. 

DRONES/UAVs ARE PROHIBITED AT GILLETTE STADIUM AND SURROUNDING PARKING LOTS

Drones and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) are prohibited at Gillette Stadium and the surrounding parking lots. For all Patriot games, there is a Temporary Flight Restriction (TFR) in place around the stadium. The TFR is an F.A.A. regulation and includes the prohibition of drones/UAVs, as well as larger aircraft.To review Gillette Stadium's list of prohibited items, visit https://www.gillettestadium.com/bagpolicy/. 

SECURITY

Security and law enforcement officials will be on-site to ensure the safety of all attending the game. If fans have any concerns, we support the security campaign, "If you see something, say something," and dial 9-1-1 or contact the nearest security or law enforcement officer.

METAL DETECTORS AT ALL GATES

Please note that metal detectors will be located at all stadium gates and fans should be prepared to remove phones and cameras from their pockets. Unlike procedures you may be familiar with at the airport, stadium security will not be asking fans to remove their keys, shoes, belts or loose change.

ALLOW PLENTY OF TIME FOR TRAFFIC AROUND GILLETTE STADIUM

With a capacity crowd of nearly 66,000 fans, Gillette Stadium officials encourage drivers to allow themselves plenty of time when traveling near the stadium on game day. Traffic restrictions will be in place on local roads before and after the game. Fans must use I-95, I-495 or Route 140 to access Route 1 and Gillette Stadium. For ease of entry and exit, fans are reminded of the following:

  • From the North (from I-95), fans are strongly encouraged to stay to the right and park in P10
  • From the South (from I-495), fans are strongly encouraged to stay to the left and park in P11 or P10

PARKING AND PUBLIC TRANSIT

Stadium parking lots for Sunday's game open at 9:00 a.m. with stadium gates opening at 11 a.m. Parking is $40 for cars and motorcycles and $150 for buses, RVs and limos. Additionally, Gillette Stadium has a designated rideshare drop off and pick up location in Lot 15 adjacent to Bass Pro Shops for Uber and Lyft users. Fans can schedule an Uber or Lyft ride to and from the venue through the Uber or Lyft mobile app. For more parking information, visit https://www.gillettestadium.com/parking/. 

Don't want to drive to the game? The MBTA Commuter Rail will provide special train service from South Station in Boston and from the TF Green Airport in Warwick, R.I. to Gillette Stadium for Sunday's game. The round trip fare is $20 and fans are reminded that any prohibited items at Gillette Stadium, including bags that do not comply with the stadium's Clear Bag Policy, will not be permitted on the trains. Additionally, no personal items may be left on the trains during the game. 

For more information on the trains to Gillette Stadium, visit www.mbta.com/riding_the_t/patriots.

South Station Train schedule to Gillette Stadium for Sunday, Sept. 9 TF Green Airport Train schedule to Gillette Stadium for Sunday, Sept. 9
South Station: Departs for Gillette Stadium at 10:15 AM TF Green: Departs for Gillette Stadium at 10:00 AM
Back Bay: Departs for Gillette Stadium at 10:20 AM Providence: Departs for Gillette Stadium at 10:30 AM
Dedham Corp: Departs for Gillette Stadium at 10:35 AM South Attleboro: Departs for Gillette Stadium at 10:40 AM
Arrive: Train arrives at Gillette Stadium at 11:20 AM Attleboro: Train arrives at Gillette Stadium at 10:50 AM
Mansfield: Departs for Gillette Stadium at 11:00 AM
Arrive: Train arrives at Gillette stadium at 11:35 AM

BUYER BEWARE

Gillette Stadium officials are reminding fans to be wary of counterfeit tickets and use caution when purchasing game tickets online in the secondary market. Please note the Patriots can only verify the legitimacy of tickets purchased from the Gillette Stadium ticket office or through Ticketmaster.

PATRIOTS PROSHOP

Need to gear up for the game? The Patriots ProShop and Patriots ProShop Collection have the widest selection of authentic Patriots merchandise available anywhere. For more information, visit www.patriotsproshop.com. 

PREGAME AT PATRIOT PLACE

Around Patriot Place, the property's 17 dining options can satisfy any hungry football fan with everything from sushi to burgers to fine dining. For a list of restaurants and entertainment options, visit www.patriot-place.com. 

--www.GilletteStadium.com--

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