The Patriots are back, and so are the fans.
It's the preseason opener Thursday against the Washington Football Team, the first game in front of a home crowd at Gillette Stadium since Jan. 4, 2020 -- Tom Brady's final game with the team, a 20-13 loss to the Tennessee Titans in the wild card round of the playoffs.
If you're a fan coming to any game this season, there are several changes to be aware of.
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Tickets are now fully mobile and everything is now cash-less and touchless inside the stadium.
You don't have to be vaccinated to come to a game, but if you aren't, you are asked to wear a mask. If you've had COVID-19 within the last two weeks or been in contact with anyone who had the virus, you're asked to stay home.
Kickoff Thursday is at 7:30 p.m. It is New England's lone home game of the preseason; the Patriots open the regular season at home against the Miami Dolphins on Sunday, Sept. 12.