PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — New England Patriots players, the Kraft family, and the Vince Lombardi Trophy will be at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center for a rally Tuesday afternoon to celebrate the team’s stunning Super Bowl win.
The rally, beginning at 4 p.m., is free and open to the public, Gov. Gina Raimondo’s office announced Monday night. Doors will open at 3.
During the event, Governor Raimondo will declare Tuesday to be New England Patriots Day in Rhode Island. Eyewitness News anchor Shannon Hegy will be among those taking part in the rally.
“New Englanders are gritty, determined people and we don’t quit. When Tom Brady, Danny Amendola, Julian Edelman and the entire Patriots squad marched back from a 25-point deficit last night, they showed the entire nation what New Englanders are made of,” Raimondo said.
“Rhode Island is the heart of Patriots Nation, and I’m thrilled to host members of our favorite team to celebrate the latest and sweetest Super Bowl victory in franchise history,” she added.
Patriots owner Robert Kraft and his son, Jonathan, are scheduled to attend the event. The names of the players who will join the Providence celebration, which will follow a victory parade in Boston earlier in the day, have not yet been released.
Raimondo spokesman Mike Raia said the governor started texting Jonathan Kraft on Monday morning to propose a Rhode Island celebration, which led to the decision to hold the Dunk rally.
The cost of the Providence rally will be covered by the local Dunkin’ Donuts franchisees of Rhode Island and Bristol County, Massachusetts, a spokesman confirmed.
“Our customers in Rhode Island and southeastern Massachusetts (not to mention my fellow franchisees and myself!) are diehard Patriots fans, so we couldn’t be more proud to sponsor this afternoon’s rally at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center,” Dunkin’ Donuts franchise owner Joe Prazeres said in a statement.
“We thank Governor Raimondo and her team for their fast efforts to bring this event to life, and we look forward to joining our customers and the rest of Patriot Nation this afternoon as the Lombardi Trophy comes to Providence,” he said.Watch the event streaming live on WPRI.com and stay with Eyewitness News for live team coverage tonight starting at 5 on WPRI 12.