Coaches, fans brave the heat as football season kicks offColfax, ND (WDAY TV) - What a night to kick off the football season, 90 degree heat a far cry from the frozen tundra like conditions we typically associate with the gridiron.
What a night to kick off the football season, 90 degree heat a far cry from the frozen tundra like conditions we typically associate with the gridiron. So how are fans and teams fairing? And does the heat play advantage to some teams??
Today temps were right at 90, it’s the hottest day of the month. So two things were on the mind of fans and coaches tonight in Colfax-That’s winning, and keeping cool....
The water flowed as pregame practice kicked off another season for the Richland Colts Coach Kal Triplett has his eyes on the goal line and each one of his players.
Kal Triplett – Richland Colts Coach: "We got extra water, like I said we got some ice packs. The refs talked to us about having some extra time outs and stuff like that."
As game time neared, the guys carrying the water worked overtime. Those homemade paper fans, working double time. And the concessions were the cool off connection for dozens of fans.
Stacey Haverland – Running Concessions: "It is just too hot to sit out here and to not have something cold."
It’s been more than a month since we've hit 90. So tonight refs are also giving a few extra breaks and some extra time after touchdowns so players don't overheat.
Kal Triplett: "Our field is still kind of in rough shape because of all the water. But yea not it all of the sudden hits 90 on the night we play, so, unfortunate but we'll be alright."
So for these boys of fall and the fans who come to watch, its hot tonight but they know the cold is sure to come...
Stacy Haverland: "And that's what's coming. I think I’d rather have the heat than the cold."
Coaches say the heat can work for or against a team and it's a true test of who is conditioned the best when it’s this hot.