The Buffalo Bills were still hoping to play the Jets at Ralph Wilson Stadium Sunday after a massive Tuesday snowstorm. So they put out a call for 500 energetic snow shovelers.
Vic Carucci of the Buffalo News said the team was offering $10 an hour plus tickets to the game. Fersen Lambranho said part of the plan was to have the shovelers work triple shifts to have the stadium ready at game time 1 p.m. Sunday.
But the Bills-Jets game has been canceled due to concerns over safety and the difficulty of traveling in 4 feet of snow. Nfl.com reported that the league is looking into rescheduling the game. Detroit and Washington are two possible alternate sites, but no decision has been made.
It’s also not known when the rescheduled game would be played. Monday night has been mentioned, but travel then might still be difficult. Many roads are closed in Buffalo, and 2 to 3 more feet of snow is expected before Sunday. Buffalo-Niagara International Airport has reported a number of flight cancellations due to the weather.
Buffalo officials said it takes 3 days to shovel 1 foot of snow from the stadium, and, at the rate it’s snowing, it wouldn’t be possible to clear it by Sunday. So the Bills won’t be needing shovelers after all. It’s just as well, since they’d have trouble getting to the stadium.