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Fans treated for hypothermia, frostbite at Chiefs, Dolphins Wild Card game

Kansas City first responders received nearly 70 calls for hypothermia-related issues

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A fan not wearing a shirt gestures during the first half of an NFL wild-card playoff football game between the Kansas City Chiefs and the Miami Dolphins on Saturday, Jan. 13, 2024, in Kansas City, Mo.

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By Geoffrey C. Arnold

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The bone-chilling cold weather during Kansas City’s Wild Card playoff game against the Miami Dolphins caused a number of health problems for fans who attended the game.

The temperature reached -5 degrees and the wind chill temperature reached -30 during the game on Saturday, the coldest game in Kansas City franchise history.

The dangerously cold weather resulted in first responders receiving at least 69 calls for hypothermia-related issues, according to a report from FOX4-TV in Kansas City. According to the Kansas City Fire Department, 15 fans were taken to a local hospital and some were treated for frostbite and hypothermia. Of the 15 who were hospitalized, seven of them received treatment for hypothermia, three more of them had frostbite and five were treated for non-weather-related issues.

Kansas City defeated the Dolphins 26-7 and advanced to the divisional round playoffs. They will face the Buffalo Bills in Buffalo on Sunday, where the forecast calls for temperature in the low to mid-20s at kickoff. That’s not as cold as what it was in Kansas City , but fans are expected to dress appropriately.

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