The biggest snowstorm to ever hit the Mid-Atlantic during football season has passed, leaving millions of pounds of snow in NFL stadiums across the eastern seaboard. The only question now: where to put it all?
Some places near Washington D.C. and Baltimore had up to 24 inches of snow, while New York and Philadelphia got totals nearing one foot. It's the biggest storm to ever hit the areas during the NFL season.
The Washington Redskins issued a press release yesterday which said that 25 million pounds of snow would have to be removed from FedEx Field prior to Monday night's game against the New York Giants. (Remove may have been the wrong word choice. It's more of a relocation.) The team is using 1,200 workers to clear the snow and is using strategies borrowed from other outfits more proficient in snow removal, like Buffalo, where the team traveled last week for a crash-course in seat shoveling.
At least the Redskins have until Monday night to get ready. Baltimore and Philadlphia host games today, though both had the kick-off moved back to 4:15 to better prepare. The 800 workers in Baltimore slept in the luxury boxes at M&T Bank Stadium. The Ravens opponents weren't so lucky. The Chicago Bears only arrived at BWI airport at 10:45 p.m. Saturday night, after delays pushed back its charter flight 24 hours.
With side roads still unplowed in D.C. and Baltimore, the biggest problem may not be in catering to fans when they arrive at the stadiums, but in getting them there in the first place.