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Important ticketholder information for Thursday's Patriots-Steelers NFL Kickoff at Gillette Stadium

PREGAME CEREMONY & PATRIOTS CHAMPIONSHIP CELEBRATION

To celebrate the 2015 NFL Kickoff, the Patriots will be hosting a New England-themed championship ceremony inside the stadium, featuring pregame entertainment by multiple New England musicians and a world championship moment celebrating the team's Super Bowl XLIX title and unveiling of the organization's fourth championship banner in 14 years. Fans will participate in the special ceremony with a card stunt from their seats immediately following the national anthem. 

ARRIVE EARLY

With the Patriots hosting a special pregame ceremony to celebrate its Super Bowl XLIX championship and the start of the 2015 NFL regular season, Gillette Stadium officials encourage fans to be in their seats by 8:00 p.m. to participate in the activities. Stadium gates open at 6:30 p.m. 

METAL DETECTORS AT ALL GATES

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

ALLOW PLENTY OF TIME FOR TRAFFIC AROUND GILLETTE STADIUM

With evening commute traffic and a capacity crowd of nearly 67,000 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 open at 4:30 p.m. Parking is $40 for cars and motorcycles and $150 for buses, RVs and limos. For more parking information, visit http://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 Thursday's game and all Patriots home games this season. The round trip fare is $15 and fans are reminded no personal items may be left on the trains during the game. For more information, including train schedule, visit www.mbta.com/ridingthet/patriots

South Station Train schedule to 
Gillette Stadium for Thursday, Sept. 10

TF Green Airport Train schedule tO 
Gillette Stadium for Thursday, Sept. 10
South Station: Departs for Gillette Stadium at 6:35 PMTF Green Airport: Departs for Gillette Stadium at 6:05 PM
Back Bay: Departs for Gillette Stadium at 6:40 PMProvidence: Departs for Gillette Stadium at 6:35 PM
Dedham Corp: Departs for Gillette Stadium at 6:55 PMSouth Attleboro: Departs for Gillette Stadium at 6:45 PM
Arrive: Train arrives at Gillette Stadium at 7:40 PM

Attleboro: Train arrives at Gillette Stadium at 6:55 PM

Mansfield: Departs for Gillette Stadium at 7:05 PM

Arrive: Train arrives at Gillette stadium at 7:40 PM

NOTE: Trains will depart from Gillette Stadium 30 minutes after the conclusion of the game.

PREGAME AT PATRIOT PLACE

Around Patriot Place, the property's 16 dining options can satisfy any hungry football fan with everything from sushi to burgers to fine dining. For a list of restaurants, visit www.patriot-place.com/tags/restaurants#.Ve8g1NJViko. Need to gear up for the game? The Patriots ProShop and Patriots ProShop Collection have the widest selection of authentic Patriots merchandise available anywhere, including a selection of Super Bowl XLIX championship gear. For more information, visit http://proshop.patriots.com/. Elsewhere, live music performed by The Maine will take place on NRG Plaza beginning at 6 p.m. 

BUYER BEWARE

Gillette Stadium officials are reminding fans to be wary of counterfeit tickets and extra vigilant 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.

CLEAR BAG POLICY

Gillette Stadium officials want to make one thing perfectly clear: The NFL Clear Bag Policy will be in effect once again throughout the 2015 season. That policy states that all bags entering the stadium must be clear plastic, vinyl or PVC and no larger than 12" x 6" x 12." Fans can use one-gallon clear (see through) plastic freezer bag or similar. In addition, small clutch bags (not to exceed 7" x 4" x 2") may be carried into the stadium along with one of the clear bag options. Prohibited items include, but are not limited to: non see-through purses larger than a clutch bag, coolers, briefcases, backpacks, fanny packs, cinch sacks, luggage of any kind, seat cushions, computer bags and camera bags or any bag larger than the permissible size. For additional information, go to NFL.com/allclear.

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