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    So I got some tickets for the Patriots/Redskins game Oct.28th (4:15 P.M.). Its my first time at Gillette and I was wondering if I could get some advice and tips from other patsfans so I can best enjoy the day. I will be leaving from Boston (back bay) and am considering taking the T. Looking at the T schedule I would be leaving Back Bay Station at 2:05 P.M. and arriving at Foxborough at 3:05 P.M. This will give me about an hour to tailgate.

    My questions are:

    1-Is this enough time to enjoy tailgating? Should I drive (I'd rather not because I want to drink)
    2- What should I bring with me. I assume beer is allowed at the tailgate but is it allowed on the T?
    3- Should I bring my own food or do people generally share with other tailgaters?
    4- How cold does it get this time of year. What should I be wearing? Parka?

    Any other points of advice would be much appreciated.
     
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    Wear WARM wool socks

    Don't have open alcoholic containers on the T

    Tailgates always have plenty of food and brew...chip in if you're worried about it

    Leave an hour earlier than you planned

    The Razor is a refridgerator when the sun sets...wear something to cover your ears and head.

    and for God's sake...make some noise during the game when the Skins have the ball
     
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    That's the same game I'll be going to. Didn't realize it would get that cold but I'll make sure to dress warm as well. Being from Hawaii and SoCal doesn't prepare me for anything colder than air-conditioning.
     
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    You are girly mon

    Yes, I'll be at that game and I too would dress in LAYERS so if it's 'wahmah than expectid' you can peel em off.

    Problem with the train is that all the tailgates close up just as the train arrives as the tailgaters break camp to head into the game and the train leaves too soon afterwards to tailgate. Parking and waiting in line to park and to leave is HELL, made even worse by Kraft's insatiable thirst for a buck in developing Patriot Place which ongoing construction has made a horrific parking and exiting situation Dante's 99th circle of hell.
     
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    1. One hour is a very short time to tailgate. If you really want to tailgate, you have to drive there. I recommend getting there at 1PM at the latest if you want to truly tailgate. Don't forget, it might take you a half hour or more to go through the security line and get to your seats.
    2. Car, grill, beer, beer, beer, lots of meat, a football or something to do to keep you entertained.
    3. Yes, bring your own food. Unless you know another group of people who you would be meeting up with.
    4. Check the forecast when the date is closer.
     
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    Exactly as AStack said.

    Gates open 4 hours before game time. We get there just about then.

    If you take the train forget about tailgating. It gets there about 3, it leaves you just enough time to get to your seats. If you have a car, drive it. If not rent one or find someone who is going and tag along. The earlier the better. Also the tran leaves exactly 20 minutes after the game, so if you gotta hit the head, do it before the game ends or you're screwed.

    If you want to tailgate, and why wouldn't you, DON"T TAKE THE T!

    Enjoy the game.

    Where are you sitting? We're up in 304.
     
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    I hear that, but the T will really kill your tailgating. We usually party before the game and ride the buzz through the second half and for an hour or so in the parking lot after. (takes at least an hour to get out of the lot anyway)

    Enjoy!!
     
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    I haven't been to the blade (opened since I moved away) but I assume the weather's the same as always.

    October 28? First day of standard time so dark will be settling in around 5 or a little after. Too early for arctic cold so you don't have to haul out the heavy duty parka (what Brewski calls "football weather"). Definitely, go with the layers. Start with the lightweight, wickaway undershirt and longjohns (save the extra heavy for the Playoffs). A good pair of heavy duty jeans or work trou, a turtleneck, a nice flannel shirt and a good sweater all topped off by a waterproof, windbreaker with a hood (that's five layers on your torso--take off the sweater if you overheat). Serious hiking boots, two pairs of socks, heavy knit stocking cap and a Pats cap. Something to sit your butt on. If it's raining or sleeting, some waterproof trou like golf or ski pants to pull on over. Almost like watching in your living room...

    Trust the other brothers and sisters for tailgaiting advice. Take the above from a White Mountains hiker and outdoors lover who never froze any meaningful part of his body off in the old Stadium...
     
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    Which section of the stadium will have sunlight the longest? We'll be sitting in section 110. The stadium seating charts I am looking at don't show compass directions (east, west, etc.)
     
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    You're on the Pats side. You'll be in the sun. :cool:

    Section 304 here. Have a great time! :rocker:
     
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    1. Not really. If you really want the full tailgate experience you should drive and try to get there at least 2 1/2 hrs. before game time because that last 1/2 hr. you'll spend breaking down the tailgate, waiting in line and getting to your seat. Are you planning on meeting up with another group to tailgate or just kind of jump in with some "strangers"? Most people usually have some extra food and a beer or two but I wouldn't necessarily say it's a given. If you enjoy some brews while tailgating (get a nice buzz but don't get sh!tfaced) and forego it in the stadium during the game you ought to be in good shape to drive home afterwards.

    2. If you're driving and it's your first time bring beer, a small grille, some folding chairs, maybe a table and some soda or Gatorade for the ride home (I prefer caffeinated because even though I don't get spent anymore it does make for a long day. Especially psychologically now that it'll start getting dark early and it's a 4:15 gametime). Check out the other set-ups around you for ideas for future tailgates, especially if they become a regularity. We started out with the bare necessities and have worked our way up to tents, picnic tables, gas grille, propane burner (and heater when it gets cold), gas stove and wood fire pit. A dedicated tailgate bus/camper is our next step. If you really don't want to drive and just take the T in, be sure to bring a 12 pack or two. That way you'll have enough to drink with a few extras for bartering with fellow tailgaters for food.

    3. Once again, it will depend on whether you're driving or not. We generally share back and forth with our tailgate "neighbors" but if someone were just to show up with nothing to offer (read beer and/or food) the reception would depend largely on how many beers had been consumed up to that point. The grille is always open to anyone who needs it, and I would think that would be the case with most folks there, so it might not be a bad idea to bring a pack of brats, dogs or hamburgers with you if you're travelling light. OTOH if you bring plenty of beer to barter with that opens up a lot of doors. :)

    4. They're forecasting low 60's tomorrow during the day so plan on that dropping by 7-10*'s as the sun sets. If you're on the Pats side of the stadium you get the sun longer but it'll still get chilly as the sun goes down. It all depends on your cold tolerance. I'll be in shorts and a sweatshirt over a t-shirt but that's pretty much what I wear until the temps get into the 40's. Jeans a t-shirt, long sleeve shirt and either a light jacket or sweatshirt should cover you for whatever the weather brings you. It's not bad now, but it's tougher to judge as we get into winter weather.

    Even though it is a nightmare trying to get out now that all of the construction is going on all around the stadium, I highly recommend driving in and showing up early at the expense of having a few less beers during the day. Since it's your first time that'll leave you with plenty of time to wander around the lots and check out that tailgating, maybe wander over to the Pro Shop and even head in to the game early so that you can check it out prior to gametime. Plus you'll get to experience the joys of getting into and out of Gillette! ;)
     
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    one hour=virtually no tailgating... we always pick up our stuff and head in 1 hour pregame... by the time you get through the line, etc, grab a beer, take a piss, get to your seat, it will be kickoff
     
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