De-Icing Frigid Lambeau Field - WBAY

De-Icing Frigid Lambeau Field

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Not only will Lambeau Field be filled with football fans on Sunday, it will also be filled with brutally cold air. 

While the extreme cold may add to the Packers home field advantage Sunday, it's a home field headache for the facilities crew.

"There's a lot of things that come into play that typical people wouldn't think of that causes grief for us, but we're attacking it now, salting the stands, the steps, the walkways, in between the seats," says Packers Facilities Manager Todd Edlebeck.

With the help of more than 200 paid fans, it was a full out assault this morning on the snow and ice, both inside and outside the stadium.

Snow and ice removal though is just the beginning.

The field still needs to be thawed and painted, one of many challenges in the frigid weather.

"Making sure the equipment starts and runs, make sure the stuff down on the field, the heaters aren't frozen up because of a gas line freeze, bathroom doors are being shut, leaving concession stands closed to the last minute, any of that when we face weather conditions that we are will make a room cold within minutes," says Edlebeck.

That's a lesson learned in a recent, cold December game, when some of the beer taps at the stadium froze.

"Our shop guys came up with some heaters and some insulation to go around the beer taps, so I think they got that straightened out and you know, the cold weather is throwing a wrench into a lot of things," says Edlebeck.

But the game must, and will go on.

For those preparing the stadium, there is a cure to the frigid winter blues.

"We're hoping to win and with all the fan support, be warm inside.," says Edlebeck.

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