UNH men’s football team flies to Oregon aboard AirKraft Patriots


The No. 16 seeded UNH men’s football team flew to Oregon for their NCAA Tournament Third Round clash with Oregon State No. 1 in the style of ‘AirKraft, the aircraft used by the New England Patriots.

The Wildcats advanced to the tournament with a 4-1 victory over defending champion North Carolina in Durham on Nov. 21 after going undefeated during the season and getting a first-round bypass.

But it turned out the biggest challenge was off the pitch by arranging a last minute flight to Oregon. UNH Athletics turned to the Patriots for help.

“It was a last minute request we made. We were struggling to find charters and the Patriots worked with the NCAA and our travel partners to make this a reality. The players were briefed the day before,” UNH Athletics spokesperson James Wrobel told Seacoast Current. .

It also helped that the Patriots were home on Sunday to face the Tennessee Titans.

“I want to thank the Patriots organization for stepping in as we desperately searched for a way out in the West as effectively as possible,” football head coach Marc Hubbard said in a statement released by the Patriots.

The team tweeted their thanks to the Patriots when they arrive Friday.

“We arrived in style for our Round of 16 game @ncaasoccer against Oregon State No.1 on Sunday! Thank you very much to the Kraft family and the Patriots,” the team said.

UNH men’s football team flies to Oregon aboard New England Patriots plane

When UNH Athletics struggled to arrange a charter flight to Oregon for the men’s soccer team for the NCAA tournament, they turned to the New England Patriots for a transfer.

The team members were delighted to make the trip aboard the plane departing from TF Green International Airport in Providence where he is staying.

The place is a Boeing 767 refitted to carry the number of people and the amount of gear that move to away games.

“To have the support of the Patriots and New England is amazing and on behalf of the players I want to thank the New England Patriots for helping us get to Oregon and the plane staff who sacrificed some of his vacation to get us there safely. . Go Pats! Go Revs, “said midfielder Adam Savill.

The New England Revolution football team is also owned by Kraft.

This is the second time in men’s soccer history that the Wildcats have advanced to the third round. The previous time was in 2017, when the Wildcats fell to second to Indiana, 2-1.

The winner of Sunday’s game will advance to the quarter-finals and face either No.8 seed Clemson or No.9 seed Kentucky.


Contact reporter Dan Alexander at [email protected] or via Twitter @DanAlexanderNH

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