FOXBORO, Mass. (WPRI) — Fans of the New England Patriots got to celebrate Tom Brady’s suspension being lifted in the most appropriate way possible Thursday night – by watching the team get ready for Week 1 with their final preseason game against the New York Giants.
Not only are the Patriots gearing up for their regular season, but real boys in blue are preparing to make sure everyone at Gillette Stadium is safe.
Foxboro Police Chief Edward O’Leary sad he doesn’t expect any problems Thursday as fans rejoice Judge Richard Berman’s decision to rule in favor of Brady’s appeal.
“I think everybody is going to be in a good mood, in a positive mood, about the team’s start,” he said.
O’Leary knows a lot about fan behavior, having coordinated security for events in Foxboro for the past 31 years.
“I have a resilient staff that has a tremendous amount of experience in dealing with a wide range of fan behaviors, and we’ll deal with it effectively no matter what the challenge,” he added.
The chief said they’ll have plenty of help for every Patriots home game since they’ve partnered with Massachusetts State Police and 18 other local communities.
“We want people to have a good time, be responsible and be safe,” O’Leary said.
In addition to the officers inside Gillette Stadium, O’Leary said there are also officers at traffic posts throughout Foxboro.