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SBD/July 10, 2012/Facilities
Gillette Stadium To Become Fully Smoke-Free Facility For All Events
Published July 10, 2012
COLLEGE GAMEDAY: In Massachusetts, Harry Plumer writes the Univ. of Massachusetts is “doing its best” to build the gameday experience when its football team plays at Gillette Stadium. UMass Associate AD/External Relations Tim Kenney “promised an environment that’s a step up from the team’s previous Colonial Clashes against New Hampshire" at Gillette Stadium in '10 and '11. Palmer writes, "For a school that once banned tailgating on its campus, a new focus on gameday atmosphere will likely be a welcome change for fans.” Kenney spoke of “plans for live music in the plaza at Patriot Place, along with DJ’s and live bands for the students.” Also, free parking, a “rarity in college football, won’t hurt people’s appetites for tailgating.” UMass football coach Charley Molnar said, “It’s all things that surrounded the game. It’s the tailgating, the playing catch in the parking lot -- all that should be happening in Foxborough. ... There’s no reason we can’t have a day like they have in South Bend, like they have in Ann Arbor or Tallahassee” (Springfield REPUBLICAN, 7/10).