Cold no match for Ravens fans in Denver

The temperature in Denver was four degrees as Ravens fans met at the team's hotel.

They were there early this morning with the plan of giving the team a great sendoff. The bus for Mile High left at noon.

It was chilling but not discouraging for die hard fans, among them, Adam Jones of the Baltimore Orioles.

While it's cold, this game won't crack the top 10 coldest games in NFL history . There are also measures in place to make the cold easier to manage, something that wasn't always an option in years past.

The Ravens and Broncos will play on a heated field today. Tubes are buried 10 inches under surface of the ground. There are five heating zones and big boilers that push water and natural gas to the field and give it the feel of a warm blanket.

There are no plans at Sports Authority Field at Mile High to bring in extra help to deal with people who may not be able to handle the cold, but that hasn't stopped the fans of either team from going through normal pregame rituals.

Bundled up and already cheering, Ravens fans will tailgate at 2401 Allicott Street.

The Broncos released what Peyton Manning will be wearing long sleeves, a neck warmer and gloves

"I certainly don't think I would have had to wear the glove had I not been injured last year" Manning said. 

Hot chocolate and coffee will be sold.

NOTES:

The Ravens and Broncos meet for the 10th time.  Ravens are 6-4 against them and 1-0 in the playoffs.
The playoff win was New Years Eve in 2000, when former Bronco great and Hall of Famer Shannon Sharpe caught a tipped pass for the Ravens and ran it in for a score.

Hall of Famer John Elway faced the Ravens one time, that was 1997 as he threw three touchdowns.
John Fox was the defensive coordinator for the New York Giants against the Ravens in the Super Bowl.  He was with John Harbaugh at The University of Pittsburgh with John's dad Jack.  Jack Del Rio, defensive coordinator for Broncos was with the Ravens coaching staff during the Super Bowl run.

Brandon Stokley now with the Broncos caught the game turning touchdown for the Ravens in the Super Bowl.

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