Sunday, Feb. 3, 5:45 p.m.—RUTLAND— The Paramount will broadcast the 53rd annual Super Bowl on Sunday, Feb. 3, free of charge to the entire community. Donations are appreciated. Bruce Bouchard commented, “It is just a great joy to offer this opportunity for uber-civic engagement, and rabid fans can raucously cheer on their beloved Patriots. Sports Live in HD and free films both offer opportunities to everyone in the community to come out and enjoy our cherished hall. The game is particularly striking when seen on our 30-foot by 24-foot screen with surround sound.” Doors open at 5:45 p.m.; kickoff is at 6:30 p.m. Beverages and snacks will be provided by Roots.
The game is a rematch of Super Bowl XXXVI, in which the Patriots, led by second-year head coach Bill Belichick and back-up quarterback Tom Brady, defeated the heavily favored Rams, who played in St. Louis at the time, 20–17. The game is scheduled to be played on Feb. 3 at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia. This will be the third Super Bowl in Atlanta, which previously hosted Super Bowl XXVIII in 1994 and Super Bowl XXXIV in 2000 at the Georgia Dome.
The Patriots are making their third consecutive Super Bowl appearance, their fourth in five years, their record 11th overall, and ninth under the Belichick/Brady head coach/quarterback tandem. The Patriots are also the first team to play in three consecutive Super Bowls since the Buffalo Bills played in four straight from Super Bowl XXV through Super Bowl XXVIII. The Patriots are only the third team overall to play in three consecutive Super Bowls, after the aforementioned Bills and the 1971–73 Miami Dolphins. The Rams are making their fourth Super Bowl appearance in franchise history, their first appearance in the Super Bowl since moving back to Los Angeles in 2016, and their first as a franchise since Super Bowl XXXVI.