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Putnam gives tour of new Gillette club

Robert Reynolds (left), Putnam Investments chief executive, and New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft were on a media tour of the Putnam Club at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough. Robert Reynolds (left), Putnam Investments chief executive, and New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft were on a media tour of the Putnam Club at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough. (Yoon S. Byun/Globe Staff)
By Shalise Manza Young
Globe Staff / August 31, 2011

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FOXBOROUGH - Better sight lines and video walls were among the improvements unveiled yesterday at the newly rechristened Putnam Club at Gillette Stadium.

Robert Reynolds, Putnam Investments chief executive, and New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft showed off the club-level updates, which are part of a new multiyear partnership between the team and the Boston-based mutual fund company.

Putnam is replacing Boston financial powerhouse Fidelity Investments as one of Gillette Stadium’s major sponsors.

“I cannot tell you how proud we are to have this opening of the Putnam Club at Gillette Stadium, but we’re more proud to be associated with the Kraft family, Kraft Sports, and the Patriots,’’ Reynolds said. “This was very easy for us to do.’’

Reynolds and Kraft appeared in front of a large video wall showing commercials touting Putnam’s relationship with the Patriots. Beneath it, smaller screens featured tweets mentioning the team. During the season, scores and statistics from out-of-town games will also be displayed.

Reynolds, a longtime Patriots season-ticket holder, was a college football official for 14 years. He was also a finalist for National Football League commissioner in 2006, when team owners chose Roger Goodell for the position.

Shalise Manza Young can be reached at syoung@globe.com.