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    Question for anybody there at training camp: have the Pats already installed the privacy screen? If not I would assume it will be in place by the time practices are closed to the public.

    Farinella: Patriots to throw screen at fans

    As explained by Patriots' VP-Media Relations Stacey James, the team will erect tall poles the length of the practice fields as they can be seen from the Renaissance, in approximately the same location as a lower fence that is now covered with green mesh to obscure the view from ground level.

    When the Patriots practice, Belichick's minions will hoist large, opaque screens to the top of those poles, thus obscuring the view from the hotel. When practice is finished, the screens will be lowered. To visualize this, I have two examples.

    Mechanically, the process will be the same as when a team lines up to attempt a field goal or extra point inside Gillette Stadium. A large net is raised to prevent the football from sailing into the stands. Visually, I'd like for you to think back to 2002, when the stadium first opened. The team draped large banners from the top of the ramps leading to the upper deck to ground level, upon which were emblazoned mammoth reproductions of action photos depicting great players of the Patriots' past.

    That might be one way to gussy up the screens. James also suggested the possibility of advertising, such as can be seen on smaller signs along the perimeter of the practice field. In this era of trying to maximize one's revenue from non-football sources, it wouldn't be a surprise if the Patriots chose to tout Dunkin' Donuts or Bank of America on those giant screens in exchange for a little more coin of the realm.
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