Temperatures in the teens, wind and ice forced the Packers to scrap plans of practicing outdoors Wednesday at Southern Methodist University and to move to the new, $4.5 million indoor field at nearby Highland Park High School. With more of the same weather expected, the team likely will work out on the high school campus Thursday and Friday.
Such quality at TCU is one thing. But a high school?
That's how it goes in Texas, especially the Dallas-Fort Worth area. There are megamillion prep palaces all around, with a $60 million outdoor stadium going up.
Highland Park is among the wealthiest suburbs in the nation, so the district could afford the price tag on its facility. A $1 million donation from the booster club helped, too.
"We barely had grass," added defensive lineman Ryan Pickett, who grew up in Florida. "An indoor practice field? That's unreal."
"It's crazy," Sepulveda said. "Small world."
TCU's Sam Baugh Indoor Practice Facility was a lot more comfortable than being outdoors for the Steelers, but still a bit chilly. The building isn't heated, so it was around 51 degrees during their two-hour practice.
Some Highland Park players and a few fans were waiting when the Packers' team bus arrived. The teenagers who hoped to watch from the sideline were out of luck as security kept everyone away from the team. The school's coach, Randy Allen, didn't even bother trying to show up, but he was thrilled to be able to help.
"It's nice to have a facility the Packers could use," Allen said. "It's great publicity for our school and our football program. There's a lot of buzz in our community because of it."
There's also irony.
First off, the facility was built more to avoid extreme heat than bitter cold. Allen said the school's outdoor field, which is an artificial surface, could reach 140 degrees, so hot that "our players said it almost makes their spikes melt."
The Cowboys had one until May 2009, when a storm knocked it over during a rookie workout, leaving a scouting assistant paralyzed and a coach with a broken neck. There were lawsuits and multimillion-dollar settlements, and team owner Jerry Jones hasn't announced plans for a replacement.
Temperatures are expected to remain below freezing until Friday afternoon. There's a 40 percent chance of more snow falling Friday. But it's supposed to be sunny and clear on the weekend, with temperatures perhaps reaching 60 on game day.
That temperature won't matter. The roof of Cowboys Stadium in Arlington will be closed for the game.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.