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The Bethel University football team has the frigid "advantage" of playing on its home field for Saturday's NCAA Division III playoff game, despite the forecast for zero degrees and the seven inches of snow that recently fell on Royal Stadium in Arden Hills.
The quarterfinal matchup between No. 4-ranked North Central College (12-0) and No. 6-ranked Bethel University (12-0) marks the first time in program history that the Royals have hosted a football game this late in the season.
Bethel students, staff, and faculty were encouraged to come out to Bremer Field at Royal Stadium Thursday afternoon from 2-4:30 p.m. to begin the process of shoveling off the recent snow fall on both the field and in the stands. Fortunately, a tarp covering the entire field was laid early Monday morning before any precipitation fell.
The elite-8 matchup between the Cardinals and the Royals is scheduled to begin at noon. The winner of Saturday's contest will face the winner of the East Region championship game, which features Mount Union and Wesley. Because of Bethel's annual Festival of Christmas concert held on campus, football fans are being asked to park in a nearby off-campus parking lot and take a free shuttle to the game.
The university is located at 3900 Bethel Drive, Arden Hills.