Coldest Super Bowl Ever? Getting Ready for the Big Game

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By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 4, 2018 1:23 PM CST
A Super Bowl hospitality volunteer wears Super Bowl mittens as she takes pictures for fans in front of the Roman numeral LII ice sculpture Saturday in downtown Minneapolis.   (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

(Newser) – As fans are warming up for the Super Bowl LII matchup between the New England Patriots and Philadelphia Eagles, weather pundits are warning those watching the game in person to get literally warmed up, as it's looking to possibly be the coldest Super Bowl in history, per USA Today. NJ.com reported that temps in Minneapolis Sunday morning hovered around minus 6 degrees, with a wind chill of minus 25 degrees. And things aren't expected to get much better by kickoff at 6:30pm EST, with a temperature of minus 1 degree (minus 20 degrees when the wind kicks in). US Bank Stadium is a closed-roof venue, but fans will still have to brave the elements to get to the arena. The record for the coldest outdoor temperature during an indoor Super Bowl was set in 1982 in Detroit, when Super Bowl XVI took place in the Pontiac Silverdome and the temperature outside was 13 degrees at kickoff, per WTAE. More on Sunday's big game:

  • Tom Brady is the player on everyone's mind, but USA Today points out five other names that could have "a good chance to be the hero for their respective teams." Among them: running back Dion Lewis for the Pats, and rookie kicker Jake Elliott for Philly.
  • Not everyone will be watching the game, per an op-ed for Fox News by Todd Starnes. He writes that "a growing number of Americans have decided they have better things to do with their time," citing eating establishments and bars, American Legion and VFW posts, and at least one bowling alley that say they won't broadcast the game due to the ongoing kerfuffle over players kneeling or sitting during the national anthem.

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