FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (WWLP) – Faithful fans tailgated before Saturday’s playoff game where the New England Patriots hosted the Baltimore Ravens at Gillette Stadium.
In Lot 31 off of Route 1, western Massachusetts fans had their jerseys, games, and hot food ready – a Patriots game-day tradition many of them have kept for years.
Jack Welch of Amherst said, “I think it’s the camaraderie of it. Everyone comes with their different foods, you know, trying to make the spiciest food as possible, get a little bit creative. We come with chills and spicy wraps and all kinds of things.”
Parking lots in and around Gillette Stadium filled with fans in the early afternoon, and western Massachusetts fans told 22News the long drive on the Mass Pike is still worth making it into the lots, even if they can’t go to the game. What matters more is being a part of a tailgate and sharing in each other’s company.
Justin Wells of Pittsfield said, “It makes it worth it because even if the game’s, you know, whether the Pats win out or they get beat, this part of it is still awesome. So you still get an enjoying game out of it.” Wells says he and his family make it to every Patriots game and tailgate no matter what the weather is.
Other Western Massachusetts fans also have a positive outlook despite the winter cold.
Patrick McCarthy of Amherst said, “It’s just the whole atmosphere, with everyone out here. We’ve got a sunny day and there’s snow on the ground and it’s cold, but everyone’s out here, so we’re going to keep warm. And just for the experience.”
An experience that many say they plan on keeping a tradition, no matter what the seasons hold for the Patriots.