Fans of the Pittsburgh Steelers and Buffalo Bills are among the most enthusiastic in the NFL, and they worked hard to watch their teams on Monday.
A huge snowstorm slammed the Buffalo area over the weekend, causing several-foot falls and forcing the clubs to delay their wildcard playoff game from Sunday to Monday.
While the snow had been cleaned from the pitch and parking areas by early afternoon on Monday, the majority of the stadium seats remained buried when gates opened two hours before play.
Walkways were quickly cleared, but supporters had to dig out their seats using cardboard, shovels provided by guest services, and their own hands. At commencement, the temperature was 17°F (-8°C).
The Bills advised spectators to "please dress appropriately for the cold weather, including waterproof boots and pants."
A visiting Pittsburgh Steelers supporter clears snow from their row of seats. A visiting Pittsburgh Steelers supporter removes snow from his row of seats. Photograph:
Jeffrey T Barnes/AP. Buffalo won 31-17 on Monday, setting up a showdown against the Kansas City Chiefs. The shovels may be brought out again, as the Bills will be the hosts.
The Bills recently commenced building on a new stadium, however, like Highmark, it will lack a roof despite the significant snowfall the area receives most winters.
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