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So you're coming to Gillette Stadium for a Patriots game? Here is what to expect

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So, you're going to a Patriots at Gillette Stadium this season. Allow us to extend you an early welcome to the home of the Patriots, where history has been made time and time again.

Whether you are a seasoned veteran at the Foxborough game day experience or a first-timer, there is a lot to learn before coming to a Patriot Place on a Sunday during football season.

GETTING HERE

If you are driving to Foxborough, official Gillette Stadium parking lots open to the public four hours before kickoff, including the new "Delayed Exit Lot." New for the 2019 season, ticket holders have the option to register for free parking in Lot 55. The secured parking lot will allow fans to exit 75-minutes after the game ends in exchange for free parking. You can learn more about the new program here.

Ticket holders may also pre-purchase parking for the entire season. For 10 percent off, you can have a guaranteed stadium side spot in either Lot 7 or Lot 3. You can learn more about the program here.

For those choosing to use a rideshare app, Lot 15 is the designated parking lot, near Bass Pro Shops.

For Patriots home games, the MBTA offers services from both Boston and Providence. If you are coming from Boston, you can board the train at South Station, Back Bay and Dedham Corp. The train from Providence now leaves from Providence Station. The NFL clear bag policy is in effect for the train ride over, so plan accordingly.

WHAT TO DO

Tailgating is a rite of passage for football fans, but if you would rather skip the preparation and cleanup, there are plenty of options at Patriot Place. Whether you're looking for a burger, pizza, seafood, sushi or a pregame drink, you can find something to fit your needs between Red Robin, Bar Louie, Skipjack's, Tavolino, Saga Hibachi Steakhouse, Six String, Scorpion Bar and more. There are also quicker, on-the-go options, like Moe's, Five Guys and Capriotti's.

If you're looking for some pregame entertainment, Splitsville offers bowling lanes, and the Patriots Hall of Fame presented by Raytheon is open on game days. Be sure to check there are no pregame events being hosted that may impact game day hours. Of course, you can get some shopping done while you're here, as well. The Patriots ProShop and the Patriots ProShop Collection in Patriot Place are open on game days.

GETTING IN THE STADIUM

Before coming to a game, those using mobile ticket options should download the Gillette Stadium and view their tickets by logging into their account. Here is a helpful guide for mobile tickets.

For those needing to stop by the Gillette Stadium Ticket Office, it can be found across the way from the Patriots Hall of Fame presented by Raytheon at the North end zone entrance. The ticket office is open four hours before kick off through halftime.

Since last year, Gillette Stadium has seen some changes, and fans will notice one of the biggest upgrades before they even enter the stadium. The UBid.com gate on the southwest side of the stadium received a major facelift, expanding the size of the gate and adding entry points alleviate lines for fans coming in.

As always, the NFL clear bag policy is in effect for the 2019 season. You can check the guidelines here.

ONCE YOU'RE IN THE STADIUM

For the home opener on Sept. 8, we ask that fans be in their seats by 8 p.m. to fully enjoy the Super Bowl LIII banner ceremony. Please give yourself enough time to get through security, get food and get to your seats.

In addition to the concessions that have held fast and strong in Gillette Stadium, there are some new spots fans will want to check out. The 300-level is now home to the Encore Boston Harbor Terrace, where fans can get a great view of the field from a standing rail. It is also the only full bar on the 300-level.

Marketplace Express is a spot for a selection of freshly made grab-and-go options, like pizza, sandwiches and salads. The new Ale House is a communal space for fans to grab a beer, pizza and a pretzel, all while not missing a snap. With long tables and plenty of TVs, it's a great spot to grab a drink and hang out.

Finally and most importantly, once you're inside Gillette Stadium, enjoy the game.

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