Super Bowl fans embrace the cold festivities in Minnesota


MINNEAPOLIS, Minnesota (WTNH)– We are now less than one week away from the big game! Hundreds of thousands of people will be heading to one of the coldest states in the country, Minnesota for Super Bowl 52.

It’s cold and fans that want to get into the festivities will be out in it all week. That’s exactly what the the Super Bowl host committee wants, embracing the outdoors.

Minnesota in the winter can be home to some of the coldest temperatures on the planet.

“This is 16 degrees. I have a couple of layers on and I’m not cold at all. It’s beautiful out,” said Brian Mccollor, Minneapolis skier.

For Super Bowl 52, they’ll be putting the bold north as they’re calling it on full display. To help do so they are using the 200 foot long American Birkebeiner International Bridge.

“The Super Bowl committee got together and said we want to really showcase what happens in the upper Midwest when it’s winter. We don’t stay inside when it’s cold out. We get outside, we ski, we bike, we run and that means we have snow so they say what’re we going to do. We gotta put snow downtown, they say we hear you have this bridge you can ski over and we said well we do,” said Ben Popp, Director of American Birkebeiner Ski Foundation.

18 semi loads and a three hour haul from Wisconsin, it’s now spanning 200 feet across Nicolett Mall, home of Super Bowl Live and actually goes up and over 9th street.

“Low and behold now we have skiing and fat biking and everything you can imagine right in downtown Minneapolis,” said Popp.

Clearly there will be no shortage of embracing the cold this week.

“For the opportunity to get to showcase what we do in the bold north that some people in North Carolina or Arizona would say that’s crazy and we actually do it,” said Popp.

Highs will mostly be in the teens this week in Minneapolis with lows getting down into negative digits.

Fortunately, the game will be played inside at the U.S. Bank Stadium in downtown Minneapolis where it should be a balmy 70 degrees.

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