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Bills offer $20 per hour for volunteer shovelers with heavy snow forecast for AFC wild-card game

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January 13, 2024

With heavy snow on the way, the Buffalo Bills are putting out a call for volunteer snow-shovelers for the night before their AFC wild-card game.

The team posted an announcement Friday requesting anyone interested in shoveling snow Saturday night to report to Highmark Stadium at 10 p.m. on Saturday and prepare to work through the night. The Bills are scheduled to face the Pittsburgh Steelers at 1 p.m. on Sunday.

The terms are simple. Shovelers must be 18 or older with proper photo identification, will be paid $20 per hour, will receive complimentary food and breaks through shifts and will have to dress warmly. The Bills asked volunteers to bring their own shovels, but will provide shovels if they don’t have one.

This isn’t an unprecedented move among NFL teams in the far north, as the Green Bay Packers did the same thing in 2020. In that case, however, volunteers were only paid $12 per hour and reported to work at 6 a.m., rather than the preceding night.

The Packers requested 600 volunteers and received more than 600, with Lambeau Field taking about 3.5 hours to clear out.

ORCHARD PARK, NEW YORK - JANUARY 22: Fans cheer as snow falls during the first half in the AFC Divisional Playoff game between the Cincinnati Bengals and the Buffalo Bills at Highmark Stadium on January 22, 2023 in Orchard Park, New York. (Photo by Timothy T Ludwig/Getty Images)

The Buffalo Bills have seen snow before, but will need help for this game. (Photo by Timothy T Ludwig/Getty Images)

The Bills will probably need that kind of help for Sunday. The National Weather Service issued an ominous report earlier Friday, warning “heavy lake effect snow bands with gusty winds” hitting Buffalo and that “travel will be difficult to near impossible within snow bands” on Saturday and Sunday.

We’re talking about as much as a foot of snow hitting the Buffalo area.

The other cold-weather wild-card game this weekend will see similarly brutal weather. The Kansas City Chiefs will host the Miami Dolphins in what is expected to be one of the coldest games in NFL history, with a forecast low of minus-8 degrees.

Meanwhile, the Dallas Cowboys, Houston Texans and Detroit Lions will play host to the Packers, Cleveland Browns and Los Angeles Rams, respectively, in their nice, comfy domes. The only other outdoor game will take place Monday night in Tampa Bay when the Buccaneers host the Philadelphia Eagles. Weather forecasts project a high of 74 degrees, though there’s a chance for rain.

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