The Green Bay Packers are teaming up with Mills Fleet Farm to help battle the forecasted cold by distributing 60,000 hand warmers to fans with tickets in outdoor seating areas attending this Sunday’s playoff game at Lambeau Field.
The Packers-Cowboys divisional playoff game is slated for 12:05 p.m. CST. One package, containing two individual hand warmers, will be distributed at stadium entrances to fans entering the game. Distribution will be limited to one pack per ticket holder and fans sitting inside are asked to refrain from taking the hand warmers so that fans sitting outside may use them.
Mills Fleet Farm has helped fans battle the cold in the past, distributing 30,000 hand warmers for fans entering the 2007 NFC Championship game and again at the 2011 NFC Divisional playoff game, and at last year’s NFC Wildcard game. Mills Fleet Farm also distributed 15,000 hand warmers for fans entering the Packers’ ‘Return To Titletown’ celebration in early 2011. Additionally, in 2008, the retailer offered hand warmers in their stores for a limited time to anyone with a valid ticket from that season, in preparation for a late December game.
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The Packers and Delaware North Sportservice will help fans battle cold by offering free hot cocoa at Sunday’s game.
The hot drinks will be available at most fixed concession stands throughout the stadium. The Packers are asking fans to limit their allotment to two drinks per person so that there is enough for all those attending the game.
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Bellin Health is also providing tips to fans battling the cold weather this weekend:
Dress appropriately: Hypothermia and frostbite can occur even without subzero temperatures. Wear loose, dry layers, but don't overdress. Give yourself the opportunity to shed layers to adjust to weather changes. Try a mix of cotton or wool underneath, with something waterproof on top. Be sure to wear a hat and mittens, as well as comfortable, waterproof, insulated boots.
Drink warm beverages, and as always, drink alcoholic beverages in moderation. Alcohol prevents the body from generating heat and can cause dehydration, which leaves one more susceptible to cold weather. In addition, watch for warning signs of hypothermia, such as severe shivering, dizziness, drowsiness and confusion. Learn the signs of frostbite and seek medical attention immediately if you notice grayish, white or yellowed skin, pain or numbness, or waxy skin.