Drumming in the Cold as Fans Arrive for Super Bowl

February 04, 2018 11:01 PM

Markeys Jones was like a lot of out-of-towners in the Twin Cities this week – drawn here because of Super Bowl LII.

He just happened to bring his drums.


The Chicago resident set up shop outside the perimeter around U.S. Bank Stadium Sunday, hoping to both entertain and make some money from fans arriving for the big game.

This despite temperatures hovering just above zero.

"You just have to get used to it," he said of drumming in the frigid air. "It's like anything else. The cold is hard on the drums. But just being out on the streets in general takes its toll on the equipment."

Jones said he had been moving around, hoping to find the right spot.

Meanwhile, all around him fans were making their way toward the stadium in the cold.

"We're used to this," said Patriots fan Phil Randall, in town from Massachusetts to cheer on his team against the Philadelphia Eagles.

"We're from New England. It gets just as bad there. It was below zero between Christmas and New Year's. So we don't mind this at all."

Dan Schwitters of Philadelphia won a lottery at the bank where he works, giving him two tickets, a hotel room and airfare to Minnesota. He brought along his son Brian, who now lives in Los Angeles.

"This is a little colder than Philly," Dan said with a smile.

Still, both father and son said getting to the stadium Sunday was not proving a challenge.

"It's been really easy getting around," Dan said. "We're staying out in Brooklyn Park, about 30 minutes away. But we took the bus down and the bus driver told us right where we needed to get off."

Scott and Nicole Mullins of Minnestrista drove themselves, prepaying for parking.

"Just being here is such an amazing experience," Nicole said.

"It's a bucket-list item," Scott added.

Jones wasn't going to the game. But he hoped those who were would contribute to the pail he had in front of him for tips.

Though he said it wasn't just about the money.

"It's the Super Bowl," he said. "I had to be here for this. I used to live in (Indianapolis) and I'd play before Pacers and Colts games. But this is my first Super Bowl.

"There's so many people. I just want to play, entertain them a little and have some fun."


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