In the face of overwhelming adversity, the Buffalo Bills are asking the community to help out. With temperatures reaching dangerous levels, Governor Kathy Hochul declared a state of emergency, with the Bills Wild Card matchup with the Pittsburgh Steelers being postponed to 4:30 PM ET Monday.
“I’ve been in communication with @NFL commissioner Roger Goodell regarding the dangerous condition in Buffalo this weekend,” Hochul’s post said. “In consultation with our emergency response teams, Buffalo Bills leadership, and the NFL, the Bills game will be postponed to 4:30 pm Monday.”
The city of Buffalo has been hit with a massive snowstorm, with high winds, heavy snow and freezing temperatures. Sunday is expected to have more of the same weather, but the extra day gives the Bills more time to get the stadium ready.
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On Saturday, the Bills requested the help of those in the community to help get the field ready for Buffalo’s game on Monday. Starting at 8 am ET Sunday, workers will be allowed to shovel snow inside the stadium and other parts of the stadium.
Workers will be split into multiple shifts, with shovelers allowed to arrive at 8 am, 12 pm and 4 pm ET on Sunday and Monday morning, if needed. The Bills also will be providing food and breaks to those who showed up to help clean up the field.
Lastly, the organization will be compensating any workers who do work in the elements, with the being $20 per hour. For the Bills to ask the help of the community to clean up the stadium Sunday shows just how heavily the area is being battered by the elements.
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Late Saturday afternoon, the Bills posted a video on X (formerly Twitter) showing just how dangerous the weather conditions had gotten at Highmark Stadium. The 10-second clip shows the field being battered by inches of snow, with visibility close to zero, especially with the high winds swirling around the snow.
With how perilous weather conditions have gotten at Highmark Stadium, the Bills-Steelers’ playoff matchup became the first playoff game in NFL history to be moved to a later date. In 2017, the Steelers’ game with the Kansas City Chiefs had been delayed by several hours also because of an ice storm but not postponed to another day.
Speaking of the Chiefs, they continued their game against the Miami Dolphins, despite the temperature dipping below 0 degrees Fahrenheit. Although the players were very cold – as evidenced by their attire before and during the game – the game continued without a hitch, with the Chiefs taking an early lead on their opening drive.
Still, with how the storm is battering Highmark Stadium, compared to Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, it makes sense why the governor declared a state of emergency in the face of perilous weather.
Bills fans are hopeful the weather will let up by Monday so that their beloved team will be able to play and advance to the Divisional Round, as they are strong favorites to advance to the later rounds.