"It's been nothing but a horror," said Don Lowery, vice president of community relations for the New England Patriots.
"We did a survey and found that on average it took 17 minutes to get through the bathroom during a game.So if you went at the beginning of halftime, you'd miss the beginning of the second half.It was about the same for the concession stands."
In 1997, when New England hosted the AFC Championship Game, more than 350 reporters tried to report out of a press box with a supposed capacity of 120.
"We had to bring in two trailers and a tent for the media," said Lowery
"I remember a player bringing his
wife here after he
was drafted," said Lowery
said, 'So here's the practice field.Where's the stadium?' " Lowery, who's been with the Patriots for eight years, can't wait to be done with the place.
"There is no sentimentality whatsoever," he
Well, maybe a little.
Jars of dirt from the stadium are offered on the Patriots
Web site at $10.95 a pop.Workers are cutting up the goal posts for souvenirs as well as the aluminum bleachers, so that season ticket holders can buy their seats.
Now it's being cleared of scoreboard, seats and other fixtures, said Lowery
.Pointing to some trailer-ish looking structures, he
said, "They're taking out those quote unquote luxury boxes over there."
When that is done in about two weeks, a pair of wrecking balls will go to work.
The kitchen for the new stadium is going to cost $8.5 million," said Lowery
The $325 million field is being built entirely with private money.