As the Patriots and Giants huddle in Indianapolis this week for one of the few Super Bowls played in a cold weather city, I’m reminded of the REAL cold weather Bowl. It was 20 years ago in Minneapolis – the Bills vs. the Redskins, January 26, 1992. While the game was played indoors, fans had to endure wind chills of 30 below zero just to get to the Super Bowl events.
I was part of the News 4 team, with Sports Director Van Miller, sent to Minneapolis to cover Super Bowl XXVI. Honestly, I thought the NFL would NEVER vote for another cold weather Super Bowl after our experience in Minneapolis.
We were broadcasting live reports back to Buffalo during Super Bowl week from the top of a building across the street from the Minneapolis Metrodome.
You can see the wind whipping the awning of our broadcast area. Unfortunately, I don’t have a photo of the day the winds whipped to 60 mph and ripped the awning right off. We scrambled to keep our equipment on the roof!
Sports Reporter Brian Blessing and I were often on the roof together with the winds whipping around us. Every member of the crew stayed off the roof until the last possible moment to avoid the bitter cold.
Here’s part of our crew freezing on the rooftop: Videographer Danny Summerville, Executive Producer (now General Manager!) Chris Musial, Bob Driess of CBS Newsnet, and WIVB-TV Operations Manager Tom Garlick.
This was one of the warmer days in Minneapolis outside the Metrodome. Twenty years later Executive Producer Chris Musial is now WIVB-TV General Manager and Videographer Tom Vetter is now head of his own production company.
Warm enough not to wear my ski jacket, this gives you a good idea of our proximity to the Metrodome and the sloppy, snowy conditions that fans had to slog through all over the city.
The party is truly over. Redskins beat the Bills 37-24. We interviewed these two disappointed Bills fans after the game in a nearly empty Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome.