From Sydney to Gillette Stadium
For some people, football season means tailgate parties and games at Gillette Stadium. For others, it's Sunday afternoons spent on the sofa with friends and family. But for Kerry Murray and his sons Michael and Nicholas, it has a different look entirely. As Patriots fans living in Australia, they anticipate spring rather than fall and watch games live in the middle of the night as opposed to mid-afternoon.
"For 1 o'clock games, in Sydney the time will be 3 a.m. and then when daylight savings kicks in, it goes to about 5 o'clock in the morning," Nicholas explained. "It makes for a pretty long day."
For the regular season finale against the Bills, though, the trio decided to trade their early morning wake up call for a bit of jetlag and the full Gillette Stadium experience. They arrived stateside just a couple days before the game, with Kerry and Michael traveling some 10,000 miles and 20 hours from Sydney. Nicholas made the relatively short six-hour journey from London to meet his father and brother for a three-week vacation along the East Coast that includes at least two planned stops in Foxborough, for the Bills game and the divisional playoff matchup on January 10. If the team advances to the AFC Championship Game on January 18, they promise to be in the stands for that one too, before making the long return trip home.
"We started saving the last time we were here," Kerry joked, referencing a similar vacation they took two years ago. "It's worth it though."
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