DENVER (CBS4) – Broncos fans braved the cold on Saturday, but not without rushing into clothing stores and sporting good stores to get warm gear.

The temperature at kickoff at Sports Authority Field at Mile High was 13 degrees and it dropped into the single digits during the chilly game against the Ravens. It was a forecast that scared away some fans. But the game still was heavily attended, and before the game at the REI store near the stadium warm clothes were flying off the shelves.

Fans were layering up with extra pairs of pants, socks, multiple shirts and coats and some even had one pair of gloves on top of another. Scarves, thick hats, warm boots were all must-haves for the game.

“When you are sitting on a cold surface the insulation on whatever you’re wearing just compacts and sucks the heat right out of you,” one fan told CBS4.

Many stores downtown ran out of hand and toe warmers before the start of the game. At one spot near the stadium before the game pairs of hand warmers were going for $5.

One fan CBS4 interviewed gave up after deciding it was just not worth being outside for so long.

“We didn’t gear up enough to actually go to the game,” he said. “We’re going to find a nice warm place to watch it.”

Tailgaters in the parking lot outside the stadium before the game had the right idea — many had small wood fires going in portable fireplaces and were warming their feet.

Broncos tailgaters

Broncos tailgaters outside Sports Authority Field at Mile High on Jan. 12, 2013. (credit: CBS)


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