Patriots arrive in Minnesota after fans send team off in style

FOXBORO, Mass. (WPRI) — The New England Patriots are en route to Minnesota for Super Bowl LII. Before they departed Gillette on Monday, the team hosted a “Not Done Super Bowl LII Send-Off Rally.”

Thousands of fans gathered outside the Hall at Patriot Place hours before the 9 a.m. rally even began.

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The rally – which was free and open to the public – included a performance by New England Patriots cheerleaders, t-shirt tosses and giveaways. The Greater Boston Firefighters Pipes and Drums and Foxboro’s own Third 6 Red entertained the crowds before the program began.

Before the buses departed Gillette for T.F. Green Airport – Robert Kraft and Coach Bill Belichick thanked fans for their continued support. Wide Receiver Danny Amendola called Patriots fans the “best fan base in the NFL.”

Team co-captain Devin McCourty concluded his address to the thousands of Patriots fans in attendance, “forget work today, just keep cheering.”

Quarterback and reigning Super Bowl MVP Tom Brady had the last word at the rally. After affirming, “Patriots nation is stronger than ever” he wrapped things up with, “We love you, Patriots out!”

After the rally, the Patriots were bused over to T.F. Green in Warwick, where they boarded Air Kraft and took off for Minnesota. They’re scheduled to arrive in Minneapolis around 2 p.m. Central Time – which is 3 p.m. Eastern Time.

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