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FOXBOROUGH, MA - JANUARY 03: A general view during a game between the New England Patriots and the New York Jets at Gillette Stadium on January 3, 2021 in Foxborough, Massachusetts. (Photo by Billie Weiss/Getty Images)

The Patriots said in a letter to season ticket holders they are “very optimistic” about letting fans back into Gillette Stadium in 2021 – perhaps even a full house.

You can read the full letter via Ben Volin of the Boston Globe. The team expressed optimism about fans being able to attend Patriots games in the 2021 season. They sound less optimistic about Gillette being allowed to fill all 65,878 seats, but the possibility remains.

“As we look ahead to the 2021 season, we are very optimistic that we will have fans in the stands and hopeful that we will be able to do so at full capacity,” the letter reads in part.

The most important piece of information for season ticket holders is that the deadline to renew has been extended to June 1. The Patriots believe the Super Bowl, which safely hosted about 25,000 fans, has given them “great assurance” to execute their own reopening plan for Gillette Stadium. Even when they fully reopen, the Patriots will have new policies in place that “prioritize public health.”

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