Over the last few weeks, Patriots season ticket holders have received their pack of tickets along with a welcome-back message from owner Robert Kraft and president Jonathan Kraft.
For many season ticket holders, it's one of the days of the year to look forward to, reminding them that football is right around the corner.
The tickets arrived with a Boston Patriots bumper sticker and a "50 Seasons" pin for each ticket holder. Three players from different eras are on each ticket, along with a Verizon advertisement urging ticket-holders to play text-based "Patriots trivia".
In their welcome-back letter, Robert and Jonathan Kraft wrote:
The past nine months have been tumultuous for many of our season ticket holders, and not just because of the record number of injuries the Patriots suffered during the 2008 campaign. The recent recession and the impact on the global economy caused many to review and re-prioritize their discretionary spending. Knowing that nearly 95 percent renewed their accounts again this year proves, once again, how important the Patriots are to our season ticket holders. Never has your loyalty been more appreciated. ...
The letter noted that Aug. 20, prior to the 2009 preseason opener, the team will have its Hall of Fame induction ceremony for Jim Nance.