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Pats are prepared to stay in London until Tuesday

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As Hurricane Sandy approaches the Northeast, teams headquartered from D.C. up to Boston may have a hard time getting home from their Sunday games.

None will have it harder than the Patriots, who are playing in London today.

Albert Breer of NFL Network reports that the Pats have multiple contingency plans in place, in the event that the storm derails their plan to return home on Monday.  Because London’s Heathrow Airport closes at 11:00 p.m. local time, the Pats can’t beat the storm home.

And so Breer says that the Pats are prepared to stay until Tuesday, if necessary.  But with the storm moving slowly, Tuesday easily could become Wednesday.

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16 Responses to “Pats are prepared to stay in London until Tuesday”
  1. billh1947 says: Oct 28, 2012 9:33 AM

    Major airports close?dont planes fly all night? why not try Gatwick airport, that may stay open past 11 pm.

  2. eventhorizon04 says: Oct 28, 2012 9:44 AM

    Well, the Patriots lucked out by playing one of their “away” games on a neutral field, so they won’t have to deal with St. Louis’s fans.

    Being stuck in London for an extra day isn’t a bad trade-off.

  3. joetoronto says: Oct 28, 2012 10:12 AM

    The airport closes at 11:00PM?

  4. jae121704 says: Oct 28, 2012 10:41 AM

    they have a bye next week, they could stay until Friday if need be. everyone be safe…

  5. skito13 says: Oct 28, 2012 10:41 AM

    Who cares if they stay permanently !

  6. tedmurph says: Oct 28, 2012 10:49 AM

    That’s just what they told the players in the secondary. The rest of the team is leaving after the game.

  7. chezdigital says: Oct 28, 2012 10:50 AM

    Very convenient reason to go Pippi hunting!

  8. nesuperfan says: Oct 28, 2012 10:51 AM

    Every major airport I know of closes at 11 p.m. because of the noise problems they cause for the surrounding neighborhoods.

  9. craiglen says: Oct 28, 2012 10:55 AM

    Heathrow does not close. It’s one of the busiest airports on the planet, this article is incorrect.

  10. arbiterflick says: Oct 28, 2012 10:57 AM

    The airport doesn’t close – it’s the world’s third busiest airport. It’s just that there are no scheduled TAKEOFFS between midnight and 6am due to noise.

  11. screamingsheep69 says: Oct 28, 2012 11:09 AM

    No, I wouldn’t take advantage of one of those daily flights to Charlotte or Miami to get my guys back to the states for their bye week. That doesn’t make any sense.

  12. spartyfi says: Oct 28, 2012 11:42 AM

    He genius, an airport with no takeoffs is closed if you’re looking to fly out. Get your geek squad out of Websters dictionary and stop trying to look smart because you just look like a smart arse.

  13. annes22 says: Oct 28, 2012 11:45 AM

    Heathrow does close, no flights after 11pm. The airport building doesn’t close, the runway is closed.
    Gatwick is no different, Noise Abaitment Act!!

  14. seaner44 says: Oct 28, 2012 12:06 PM

    What about the Rams. How are they getting home?

  15. westclaims says: Oct 28, 2012 12:16 PM

    Every day without the Patriots here is a good day. They can keep them.

  16. mazblast says: Oct 28, 2012 12:31 PM

    The Patriots have it so rough. Let us weep for them.

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