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First 10,000 fans get free coffee, handwarmers

The New England Patriots are making final preparations for tomorrow night's AFC Divisional Playoff game against the Tennessee Titans, the first playoff game to be played at Gillette Stadium. Fans arriving early for the game will receive free Dunkin Donuts decaffeinated coffee. Four Dunkin Donuts mobile units will distribute coffee throughout the stadium's parking lots. Lots to the stadium open at 4:00 p.m. In addition, the first 10,000 fans to enter Gillette Stadium (gates open at 6:00 p.m.) will receive free hand warmers that provide up to 10 hours of air-activated natural heat.

The Patriots are also encouraging fans to heed the advice of medical professionals regarding appropriate preparations for the cold weather. The advice listed below is courtesy of Brigham and Women's Hospital.

Appropriate Dress
Wear at least three, but ideally four or more, layers of clothing. Loose-fitting shirts and pants over a thin close layer to insulate the body and retain warm, dry air. An initial layer of polypropylene, silk or wool then a layer of wool, thinsulate or fleece and then heavy water and wind resistant coat and pants are advised. Body parts farthest from the heart and chest lose warmth the quickest, so covering the head, neck and hands is imperative. Although cotton is comfortable, it is one of the least useful materials when trying to stay warm and tight or constricting clothing will do more harm than good.

Bringing a blanket will also be useful as it may provide additional insulation and provide an extra outer layer of protection. Cheeks, ears, nose, fingers and toes are the most prone to frostbite. Hats, scarves and turtlenecks can help protect these areas as well as a facemask.

Drink Warm Beverages
Coffee and hot chocolate will be sold throughout Gillette Stadium. Fluids are important in cold weather. Stay hydrated.

Alcoholic beverages prevent the body from generating heat. As always, please drink in moderation. Alcohol can cause dehydration, making one more susceptible to cold weather.

Gillette Stadium Services
As always, fans are reminded to seek assistance from stadium ushers to answer any questions or concerns. First Aid stations are located at mid-field on both the Upper and Main Concourses of the stadium. Brigham and Women's hospital provides the medical staffing for each First Aid station.

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