IT IS HERE! NFL Kickoff night is literally here, in both time and space!
I don’t know how a lot of the football stadium situations work across the country, but here in Boston, Gillette Stadium is nowhere near Boston. (Well, relatively, the shortest route via Google Maps is 27.2 miles.) So while Boston Proper gets the parades, it doesn’t get the games. Since 1971 Foxboro, Massachusetts has been the home to the Patriots. And a splendid home it has become. It just means that the city doesn’t tend to get the festivities of an event like the NFL Kickoff driven by Hyundai.
Christopher Columbus Park, in my North End neighborhood, will host a gated event showing “America’s Game: 2016 New England Patriots” at 11 AM and then at 12 PM Guster will perform. Former Patriots Willie McGinest and Rodney Harrison will be in attendance.
I swung by on my walk to work this morning and this was the scene.
I’m not going to lie, it’s a pretty cool event to have hosted in my neighborhood, just outside the Joe’s I go to a lot and the park where Ronan will be running around in soon enough. And the fact that it marks that the NFL is back is just the icing on the cake.