Tuesday, January 01, 2008
Ice Bowl Morning Continued
In today’s Blog posting, preparation work for the 1967 NFL championship game — the “Ice Bowl” continues. First, we see a view of the frigid stadium from the Lambeau Field press box, looking towards the North end zone, which was not completely enclosed until a couple of years later.
Here, also viewed from the press box, we see some Lambeau Field workers using brooms to sweep the top layer of icy snow off of the mid-field portion. Just why they were doing this by hand instead of using a vehicle with a rotating brush attachment like we saw in the 1965 NFL championship highlights film is unknown.
Green Bay Packers head coach and general manager Vince Lombardi is seen surveying the field conditions a few hours before the NFL title contest.
Shown here is one of the control boxes for the underground heating coil system that was purchased by Vince Lombardi from — almost hard to believe — the grandson of Chicago Bears founder George Halas. For whatever reason this day, the heating system could not keep up with the arctic conditions and the playing field froze solid.
Along the entrance ramps to the playing surface at Lambeau Field, these warnings were posted to make everyone aware of the “danger” of electrified turf.