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July 2, 2014

It's all about the fans?

As I peruse the media for off-season updates and new additions to my New England Patriots team for the upcoming season, I came across an interesting article written by Eric Wilbur of Boston.Com Sports, regarding future plans of expansion at Gillette Stadium that have left many season ticket-holders in a torrent of anger.

It seems that Robert Kraft (or “Krafty Bob,” as I call him) and his band of bean-counters and poll-groupers are calling out the builders, once again, and proposing another ingenious way to compile the Kraft Family assets.

So here’s the plan, folks. They’re going to take 10 to 15 rows of seating, or approximately 1,500 seats, away from season ticket-holders in the south end zone to build a relaxing, members-only lounge.

Really? How much money is too much, Bob? Your plans for “Kraft-ville” started shortly after the new stadium was built, with the addition of shops and malls. From Victoria Secrets to restaurants to movie theaters and finally pro bass shops. Do any of these have any remote connection to football, other than maybe a restaurant?

All the while, pushing many season ticket holders, me and my friends included, away from stadium parking lots to fend for themselves for the full game-day experience of tailgating with friends and family. And yet, each time you find yourself in front of a microphone, you end most orations with the words, “It’s all about the fans!” Oh, how I wish those words rang true for us who have faithfully sat in the freezing temperatures, the snow and the rain for decades.

I do get your meaning when you say “it’s all about the fans,” though, because you are usually staring right at the executive club seating in the middle of the stadium. These are the fans you speak of! You proved that back in 2001 when you promised every club seat member a ticket to the Super Bowl and put the rest of us into a lottery to grab a sprinkling of leftover tickets.

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