MINNEAPOLIS - In August, the Minnesota Golden Gophers played in the hottest game ever at TCF Bank Stadium.
The game against the UNLV had a kickoff temperature of 92 degrees.
On Saturday, it will be from extreme to the other, as Minnesota and Wisconsin prepare for what is expected to the be the coldest game ever at The Bank.
At kickoff, the temperature is expected to be 16 degrees with mostly sunny skies and 10 mph winds. It's going to feel like 2 degrees above zero. As halftime hits, temperatures will fall by a couple of degrees and by the time the game ends, the wind chill will be barely above zero.
The Minnesota sideline will be the cold side of the field on Saturday.It's in the shade for the entire game and a northwest wind is blowing directly in.If there is a warm side in the stadium, it will be the Wisconsin bench side. The sun will be disappearing fast, but that side is a little more shielded from the incoming wind.
Fans are encouraged to layer up for the game.
"It's going to be the coldest game in TCF Bank History. We do want fans to be as warm as possible though. Bring hand warmers, bring blankets and just know that when you enter the stadium everything is subject to search," says Associate Athletic Communications Director Paul Rovnak.
Plan on carrying those items in without a bag. Backpacks, duffel bags and large purses are not allowed.
Also leave the flasks, thermoses, electric blankets and stadium chairs at home.