Bitter cold is chilling ticket sales for Griz playoff game

Dec 6, 2013

While our bitter cold spell is delaying today's scheduled opening of Missoula's Snowbowl ski area, tomorrow's big FCS playoff football game between the University of Montana Grizzlies and Coastal Carolina Chanticleers will go on as scheduled.

The temperature at kickoff could be below zero, with an even more frigid wind chill.

Associate Athletic Director Greg Sundberg says only about 16,000 tickets, out of 23,000 available, have been sold - an historically low number for a playoff game, especially in light of the fact the game is only going to be televised via ESPN GamePlan or ESPN3.

For those hardy enough to attend in person, Sundberg says they are making accommodations to help people stay warm.

"The GSA tailgate has been moved inside into the west auxiliary gym in the Adams Center," said Sundberg. "And folks are more than welcome to come pre-game or at halftime into the Adams Center and warm up."

The up side of the cold is the advantage it should give the Griz over the warm-weather Chanticleers.

"It definitely gives our guys the upper hand",  Sundberg said.

Kickoff is at noon Saturday. Dress warm!!!