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SBD/August 31, 2011/Facilities
Patriots, Putnam Investments Unveil Club Renovations At Gillette Stadium
Published August 31, 2011
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ROOT FOR THE HOME TEAM? The AP's Howard Ulman reported while most of Foxboro "remains without power from Tropical Storm Irene, service is back at Gillette Stadium." The Patriots' final preseason game is scheduled for tomorrow night, but National Grid spokesperson Jackie Barry, whose power company serves the town, said that it "was 'absolutely not' true the team received special treatment." The Patriots "had internal discussions about how to handle the game against the New York Giants if power was not restored, but no decision was made before the lights went back on." National Grid indicated that as of late yesterday afternoon, 7,287 of 7,820 customers in Foxboro "still had no power because of damage from Sunday's storm" (AP, 8/30). Gillette Stadium got power back Monday, but Patriots Senior VP/Operations, Administration & Finance James Nolan said that "none of that power came from the Foxboro substation that serves the rest of the town." Nolan added that the team "spent millions of dollars" building the stadium to ensure it would have backup power "after suffering a blackout during the 1996 AFC championship game" in the old Foxboro Stadium (FOXBORO REPORTER, 8/31).