Mainers take Patriots tailgate up a notch with lobster bake

Mainers bring hometown feel to Patriots game

FOXBORO, Mass. (NEWS CENTER) — Typical football tailgates involve hamburgers, hot dogs, and beer...but when you're from Maine, you have to take it up a notch.

Al Stone, a Maine lobsterman, has been holding his epic tailgate for ten years now, always at the first Patriots 1 PM game.

This year, at Sunday's home opener, he had 80 friends coming from Scarborough all the way to Madawaska make the trip to Gillette for the legendary tailgate.

"He's a great guy. He's a typical, good-hearted Maine lobsterman," said friend Jennifer LeClair. "He will do anything for anyone."

Eighty friends, and 140 lobsters - all caught by Stone himself.

The lobster bake is an annual tradition for these Mainers, who say they are always the first in the lot when their caravan of ten cars arrives at Gillette.

As for the home opener? No Tom Brady and no Rob Gronkowski - but that didn't stop loyal Maine Patriots fans from making the trip.

"It doesn't matter," said LeClair. "As a Patriots fan, we are here the whole team. We are here for the whole environment."

Some of the group was so dedicated that they even left after the Patriots win and drove to Fenway for the Yankees-Red Sox game.

This year, at Sunday's home opener, he had 80 friends coming from Scarborough all the way to Madawaska make the trip to Gillette for the legendary tailgate.

"He's a great guy. He's a typical, good-hearted Maine lobsterman," said friend Jennifer LeClair. "He will do anything for anyone."

Eighty friends, and 140 lobsters - all caught by Stone himself.

The lobster bake is an annual tradition for these Mainers, who say they are always the first in the lot when their caravan of ten cars arrives at Gillette.

As for the home opener? No Tom Brady and no Rob Gronkowski - but that didn't stop loyal Maine Patriots fans from making the trip.

"It doesn't matter," said LeClair. "As a Patriots fan, we are here the whole team. We are here for the whole environment."

Some of the group was so dedicated that they even left after the Patriots win and drove to Fenway for the Yankees-Red Sox game.

Copyright 2016 WCSH


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