FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Patriots fans eager to welcome football back to Foxborough will have ample opportunities this weekend as the team continues training camp with public practices Saturday and Sunday on the fields behind Gillette Stadium and The Hall at Patriot Place presented by Raytheon will unveil its new exhibit, "The Super Bowl Experience."
The exhibit, which opens Saturday at 10 a.m., will give fans the opportunity to take photos with the team's four Lombardi Trophies and experience each of the franchise's four Super Bowl championship seasons like never before.
"After winning our fourth Super Bowl title, we felt like there was an opportunity to improve our Super Bowl gallery and capture the majesty of the team's incredible accomplishments," said Hall Executive Director Bryan Morry. "The Kraft family is committed to ensuring that we provide the best fan experience possible in The Hall and we believe our new Super Bowl Experience gallery will help us do just that, while also building upon our existing exciting and interactive galleries."
Guests entering the exhibit will be greeted by the voice of former sportscaster Pat Summerall famously announcing the Patriots as a team prior to the start of Super Bowl XXXVI followed by the sound of a military jet flyover and fireworks. After entering the exhibit, four 18-foot Lombardi Trophy graphics will guide guests into individual pods dedicated to each Super Bowl championship season. Each graphic will also feature an iconic image from the corresponding Super Bowl. Additionally, a 58-inch touch screen monitor is housed within each pod where visitors can watch Super Bowl and playoff highlights, review season storylines, watch trophy presentations, delve into Super Bowl statistics and more.
Directly across from the pods is a massive video wall featuring 12 vignettes that share some of the most iconic Super Bowl stories dating back to the 2001 season.
"Our guests will love the video wall made up of 16 screens that can show a single image across all 16 or show numerous images across multiple screens," Morry said. "We took what we believe to be some of the critical stories and individuals associated with the team's championships and highlighted them on the video wall. It really brings this exhibit to life."
Another highlight is the exhibit's interactive area where guests can get in the game and relive Malcolm Butler's Super Bowl XLIX game-saving interception on the goal line. The interactive gallery will use Kinect technology to sense the guest's movement and when it's time to intercept the pass, a camera will snap a photo of the guest executing the play, which can then be sent to the guest via email for sharing with friends and family.
After making the interception, fans will get to celebrate with the main feature – the four Lombardi Trophies and championship rings.
"The trophies, free from casings, will be seen like never before," Morry said. "Projected video of the Super Bowl celebrations will play behind the trophies and the rings will be located inside the railing with lighting to show off their sparkle."
The new exhibit concludes in championship fashion with a Super Bowl parade. Guests will be able to sit inside a replica duck boat and watch as thousands of fans cheer on the Super Bowl champions through the streets of Boston.
"We enhanced the duck boat experience so fans could see the parade through the players' eyes," Morry said. "The video shows fans, as the players would see them, screaming, cheering and showing their support in freezing February weather."
In addition to the new exhibit, The Hall has made changes to its Hall of Famer displays. The team's greatest players are honored using double-sided pylons that have been replaced with new high-resolution LED displays.
"The Hall of Fame pylons now pop like never before with bright imagery that features 5 millimeter pixel pitch resolution visible from within the museum and a 9 millimeter pixel pitch resolution visible from the NRG Plaza," Morry said. "This is a vast improvement and pays tribute to our Hall of Fame players in a way that is worthy of their greatness."
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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 multimedia exhibits and artifacts never before viewable by the public, The Hall at Patriot Place presented by Raytheon showcases the tradition 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.thehallatpatriotplace.com.