Paul Andrews and his 15-year-old daughter left the cold of Omaha today to brave the really cold of Green Bay on Sunday to watch their beloved Packers play.
The forecast temperature at kickoff will be around 0, with wind chill readings of 15 degrees below zero to 25 degrees below zero.
It could be the coldest NFL game ever played.
“The faithful will be there,” Andrews said.
Andrews said he inherited his love for the Packers from his father and passed it on to his six children.
Sunday will be his second trip to Lambeau Field in Green Bay, where the Packers will take on the San Francisco 49ers.
His wife, Cheri, is concerned about the cold, he said, but his three sons are jealous about the trip. Andrews said this will be daughter Megan's first pro game. He'll post updates and photos on Facebook for friends and family throughout the game and trip.
A manager at Nebraska Furniture Mart, Andrews bought his tickets from a friend in Green Bay a few days ago.
He said road conditions on the Saturday drive to Wisconsin weren't terrible, just flurries and a strong north wind.
As for how long they'll stay at the game, Andrews said they'll see how they feel in their Row 7 north end zone seats.
He said there will be free hot cocoa and coffee at Lambeau Field, and if the cold breaks through their layers of clothing they'll make a trip to the stadium's indoor pro shop.
If worse comes to worst, he and Megan will get back in the car and head to their hotel.
By the time of the 3:40 p.m. kickoff in Green Bay, the deep freeze will be settling into Omaha.
Accuweather.com said the forecast high Sunday in Omaha is 7 degrees, with winds gusting to 25 mph.
The overnight low Monday could drop to 11 degrees below zero, the National Weather Service said, and wind chills could hit 35 degrees below zero. The Omaha high Monday is expected to be 0.
The good news is that temperatures will warm through the week, with highs by next Saturday in the mid-30s, said Scott Dergan, a meteorologist with the weather service.