ATLANTA -- Thousands of Patriots fans descended on Atlanta's Centennial Olympic Park on a 60-degree Saturday afternoon for a pep rally prior to Super Bowl LIII.
The loudest the crowd got was towards the beginning of the rally, when Patriots owner, Robert Kraft addressed them from the stage.
“You’re our hidden asset," Kraft said. "No one else in the League has fans like you.”
Familiar chants of "We're still here!" and "Beat L.A." echoed from Atlanta all the way to New England.
Tim and Andrea Hart just moved to Atlanta from Coventry in June. They say Patriots Nation is alive and well in the south.
“It’s just great to be here," said Tim. "We are just so excited for this Super Bowl to be in our now hometown.”
“We’ve never been to a Patriots rally and we saw it last night on Facebook and we were like, ‘We have to go,’” added his wife, Andrea.
It’s not just New England transplants on hand for the rally. Many New Englander locals are here for the game. Ray Nault from Blackstone is lucky enough to have tickets this time around.
“I’ve been to two others and came down without a ticket or a hotel room and slept on the floor in somebody’s room and scalped a ticket at like 5:00 in the afternoon,” Nault said of his last trip to a Super Bowl.
In the surprise of the rally, the Patriots gave away a couple of pairs of free tickets to the Super Bowl to two lucky fans.