Patriots show off location of five championship banners
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The Patriots were down 28-3 against the Falcons in Super Bowl LI with just over a quarter left to play, but after a legendary comeback, a fifth banner was headed to New England. There was only one problem: the team didn't have a place to put it.
The South End Zone, which has housed championship banners since the opening of Gillette Stadium, only had room for four on the two towers flanking the Gillette Stadium sign. Owner Robert Kraft hinted months ago that some reconfiguration would be necessary, and per ESPN's Mike Reiss he echoed that statement on SiriusXM's NFL Radio: "We've had to change the construction around. We have a little surprise for our fans [opening night], which should be very cool." Now, the team's official Twitter account has given us a view of what that looks like.
As visible from the before/after comparison above, the team raised the Gillette Stadium sign between the two towers and shifted the banners from the towers into the space between them. There looks to be space for at least seven banners in the gap, plus room for an additional four back on the towers after the middle is filled. We'll have to wait and see how long it takes until some more reconfiguration occurs--but at this rate, it might be sooner rather than later.