Pats fans prepare for cold conditions at Gillette
FOXBORO, Mass. -- Patriots fans are fired up for Saturday’s game and some are going to great lengths to stay warm.
Many remember in 2004 when Patriots fans had a hard time keeping warm during the playoff game against the Tennessee Titans, when temperatures hit the single digits.
“We’ve been here since the snow game with Oakland, we’ve been to the Super Bowl, so we’re ready to go,” said Dave Pavao, a fan attending the game.
Dave and his wife are preparing for the football game, not with pads and eye black, but with hats and gloves.
“It looks like it’s going to be cold and that’s why we’re here. My wife gets cold quick,” said Dave.
Wind chills should be near zero by 10 p.m. Saturday and Gillette Stadium will be handing out 20,000 hand warmers.
Right next to Gillette Stadium, Pats fans were stocking up on warm weather gear at Bass Pro Shops.
The manager at Bass Pro Shops said television networks always gear up for the cold coverage.
“They’ll come in and they’ll order anywhere from 300 to 500 hand warmers to make sure all the people that are working for the game will be nice and warm,” said Jeff Moschella, Bass Pro Shops Manager.
Fans with seats in the upper deck were out looking for ways to keep warm when the winds pick up.
“I’m here looking at the feet warmers, face masks, gloves, anything to get an edge so I can be nice and warm in the stadium,” said Bob Mattson, a fan getting ready for the game.
Patriot Place restaurants are preparing for cold customers.
"That way we can service them, they don't have to wait for anything. That way they can go to the game all excited, full, and cheer our team onto another victory so that we can do it again the following week hopefully," said Peter Dowd, General Manager of Skipjack's Restaurant.
Fans are warned that drinking alcohol may make them feel warm, but it can aid in bringing on hypothermia.
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