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Patriots fans gather in Atlanta for a final rally



by TONY GUGLIOTTA, NBC10 NEWS

Thousands of fans gather for a final rally in Atlanta before Super Bowl 53. (WJAR)

Thousands of Patriots fans descended on Atlanta's Centennial Olympic Park on a Saturday afternoon at 60 degrees at a rally before Super Bowl LIII.

The loudest the crowd got was the start of the rally, when Patriots owner Robert Kraft addressed them from the stage.

"You are our hidden asset," Kraft said. "Nobody else in the league has fans like you."

Family chants of "We're still here!" and "Beat L.A." It echoed from Atlanta to New England.

Tim and Andrea Hart moved to Atlanta from Coventry in June. They say that Patriots Nation is alive and well in the south.

"It's great to be here," said Tim. "We are very excited that this Super Bowl is in our hometown now."

"We've never been to a Patriots rally and we saw him on Facebook last night and we said:" We have to go ", added his wife, Andrea.

It's not just about New England transplants for the demonstration. Many New Englander venues are here for the game. Ray Nault of Blackstone is lucky to have tickets this time.

"I've been with two others and I went down without a ticket or a hotel room and I slept on the floor in someone's room and I climbed a ticket at 5:00 in the afternoon," Nault said of his last trip to a Super Bowl . .

In the surprise of the rally, the Patriots gave away a couple of pairs of free tickets to the Super Bowl to two lucky fans.


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