The howling wind and freezing temps are going to turn this year’s Sun Bowl into the Cold Bowl.
In years past, the Sun Bowl has typically lived up to its name. Fans last year were treated to highs in the mid 60s with brilliant sunshine.
This year we will be lucky to break 40 degrees.
“You can sit there and a lot of people like to rub their hands; that’s not going to help out that much,” said Academy Sports and Outdoors apparel manager Daniel Cavazos.
The biggest problem will be winds gusting up to 45 mph, which will put wind chills in the teens.
Forget to layer up, and you’ll be spending the game chattering your teeth instead of cheering.
“If you don’t go prepared, you’re going to be in for a miserable event,” said Cavazos.
The best defense against the cold is in your closet.
Layering is the key to staying warm from kickoff to the drive home.
First and most important is a pair of thermals. They keep heat close to your body where it belongs.
Next, find a good hat that covers your ears. Then layer your thermals with sweats or jeans and tuck them into your boots. Tennis shoes will not keep your feet warm.
Finally, top it all off with a thick pair of gloves and a coat that is water and wind-resistant.
A couple of tricks that might also work: hot hand warmers, and you can always top things off with a Snuggie.
Remember, those aluminum benches get cold. A blanket or seat pad will help.
Don’t wait until the last minute to buy your gear. Stores are already running low on hot-ticket items like the Hot Hands heat packs.
Concessions at the Sun Bowl are also preparing for the cold weather. They said they have ordered extra coffee and hot chocolate to keep fans warm and happy.