Forget battery-operated clothing at Saturday's Bills playoff game

Electric clothing is prohibited at Highmark Stadium
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Buffalo, N.Y. (WBEN) - With bone-chilling conditions forecasted
for the Buffalo Bills' AFC Wild Card Round matchup against the New England Patriots on Saturday night at Highmark Stadium, fans may be considering wearing battery-operated clothing, such as socks, gloves, hats and jackets.

Unfortunately, those items are on a list of prohibited items at the stadium.

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It's not just Highmark Stadium that bans them. Checking other outdoor cold weather stadiums, we found that electric clothing is also banned at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey, Heinz Field in Pittsburgh and Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Massachusetts.

This is not an NFL policy. This type of clothing is permitted at some stadiums, including Lambeau Field in Green Bay and First Energy Stadium in Cleveland, for example.

The Buffalo Bills had no comment on the policy, saying the list speaks for itself.

"The Hammer," aka Eric Matwijow, from Hammer's Lot, a popular tailgating lot
across the street from the stadium in Orchard Park, commented on the electric clothing ban.

"With the world environment now, and the potential for [batteries] to be used wrongly, it's an enforced rule," he said. "If people do their due diligence and check what's allowed, it's clearly on the list."

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While many fans think the rule is in place to keep people from throwing batteries onto the field, Hammer thinks it's more of an anti-terrorism policy.

Hammer's Lot opens at 2 p.m. EST on Saturday. He's bringing in lighting towers to make it as bright as daylight, and hopefully make people warmer.

He also suggests everyone keep a full tank of gas, whether you're going to the game or not.

"You might be using your vehicle as a warming hut, and being a night game, traffic will be slower, so you may be stuck in traffic," Hammer said.

One of Hammer's preferred articles of clothing are Alpaca socks.

"As long as my feet are warm, with many layers from ski wear, I should be ok," he said. "The main thing is to keep moving around."

Hammer adds that people should add a piece of cardboard to separate your boots from the concrete.

Here is the complete list of prohibited items at Highmark Stadium:

Buffalo Bills prohibited items list
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list of prohibited items
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