New England Patriots owner Bob Kraft speaks at team building for a team that’s already set a new record for attendance.
He’s also the first to address the team’s new team owners in two days, and the first team owner to address his team in a public way since owner Robert Irsay stepped down in February.
In a brief Q&A session, Kraft said the Patriots are working on a new plan to attract fans and keep them coming.
The plan includes an all-new stadium and stadium-related events, including a kickoff to the NFL season on Sept. 7 and an event for fans at Gillette Stadium on Sept 21, the day after the Patriots play the Arizona Cardinals.
He said the league is also considering an all star game.
Kraft said he’s working to make sure the team has a team-building strategy that is focused on building its fan base.
He stressed that he’s not talking about building a team of athletes.
“I’m not going to talk about athletes,” he said.
The NFL’s plan, which includes a $500 million gift to the city of Boston and the $500,000 donation from the National Football League, is being put together at a time when the league’s owners have been talking about a stadium deal that would bring in more than $1 billion in revenue and create jobs.
Kraft, a longtime friend of the league, said he has discussed the stadium plan with team owners and other owners.
He added that he expects to be working with owners in the near future.
The Boston Bruins, who have a long-term lease at Gilley Stadium, have expressed interest in joining the league in some form.
Boston Bruins owner Jeremy Jacobs said he wants to do more than just sign an individual, but that the Bruins would be “building a team” to compete in the National Hockey League.
He also said that he would support a new stadium in the Boston area.
Kampers spokesman Jim Miller said the NFL is aware of Kraft’s comments and will continue to monitor developments.
Kraft and the Patriots’ owners were in a meeting with league officials last week in New York.
Kraft was asked to take questions about the team, and Miller said he would answer questions about football in general.
Kraft said he is not interested in the league giving away the team.
Kraft declined to be interviewed, but he tweeted that he “didn’t care” about what was being said about the Patriots.
Kraft has said in the past that he has no interest in working with the NFL or any other team, but said in his statement that he hopes the league and owners can agree on a plan that includes the building of a new team in the city and an all Star Game.
Kraft added that the team should be in Boston.
The team’s next game will be Sept. 15 against the Philadelphia Eagles.