NFL Wildcard Round 2024: Lack of Heaters in Bills’ Stadium Set to Make Encounter vs. Steelers Even More Daunting

Published 01/15/2024, 1:21 PM EST

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The upcoming matchup between the Buffalo Bills and the Pittsburgh Steelers has been talked about a lot. After being postponed once, it was thought that the game might be pushed back once again. But, that will not happen, however, will the stadium present a challenge for the players involved?

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This game was scheduled for a Sunday afternoon time slot, but the New York Governor declared a state of emergency. Talks were held with the NFL and the New York government, finally deciding the game would kick off at 4:30 p.m. on Monday. But with such heavy snowfall, is the Highmark Stadium ready to host this wild card game?

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Highmark Stadium was built around 50 years ago, hence it isn’t equipped with modern technologies like others. The Arrowhead Stadium and Lambeau Field, where temperatures drop often and heavy snowfall occur, have underground heaters.

This lack of technology has resorted to the Bills offering volunteers monetary payment for the shovelling of the snow, from seats as well as the field.

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But with snowfall still occurring and weeks of cold weather on top of it, the Highmark ground will be as solid as a rock. The tackles, slipups, and falls will be extra painful for everyone involved in the fixture. But will the New York Governor’s prophecy about the game come true?

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Governor Kathy Hochul decided that the game would not be delayed anymore. And also claimed that this bitter weather might be advantageous for the Bills. The New York-based will be looking for all the advantage they can get, to have a respectable series record against the Steelers.

The Bills and the Steelers have faced off against each other 29 times. With the Steelers leading the series 17-12. But with a win in the playoffs, the Bills can get that record tilted toward them.

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Do you think that the Bills can win on home turf? Let us know in the comments.

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Written by:

Utkarsh Tiwari

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