Will this be the year New England's NFL team finally wins its fourth Super Bowl? Is Washington Post writer Neil Greenberg correct in suggesting 36-year-old Tom Brady is no longer a top-five quarterback in the NFL?
Time will tell, but if you can hardly wait for the season to begin, here's something you should know. The New England Patriots Training Camp 2014 opens July 24, and you can get in on the experience! The Patriots train for the upcoming football season at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Massachusetts, and Patriots fans are invited to experience the Patriots Fan Zone and to watch the team practice.
What is the Patriots Fan Zone? It's a free, interactive football theme park that is open to the public during Training Camp, which runs through mid-August. The schedule is taking shape and will be posted on the training camp Web site as dates and times are confirmed. Football fans of all ages will enjoy the interactive football games; chances to test their passing, kicking and other football skills; plus autograph sessions, cheerleader appearances and more fun surprises.
Plan to get to Gillette Stadium early in the day. The on-site Patriots ProShop is open on all days that Training Camp is in session so that you can search for great gifts and souvenirs, and you can watch your favorite team members in action during one or two scheduled practices each day. Admission to practice is also free. Check the Patriots Web site for daily training camp details, or call the Training Camp Hotline at 508-549-0001 for the current day's schedule.
If you're planning to travel to Gillette Stadium, you'll find directions online at the team's Web site. Parking is free. There are plenty of hotels near Gillette Stadium if you plan to stay for more than a day.
Looking for more information on New England's team? The team's official Internet home has the regular and pre-season schedules, news and more. You can follow the Patriots on Twitter for the latest scoop on players and events. Also check out Patriots Football Weekly online for news and commentary. And, if you can't get to the ProShop at training camp, order your New England Patriots official team merchandise at the online ProShop.
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