FOXBORO (CBS) – If you think shoveling your front walk is tough, try clearing out Gillette Stadium in Foxboro.

Tractors cleared the field Wednesday afternoon, but shoveling out the stands at the 70,000-seat stadium and clearing the parking lots will take much longer.

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“We started at 3 a.m. when the snow started coming down on the game field itself and in the parking lots,” said Jim Nolan, Sr. VP of Finance, Administration and Operations for Gillette Stadium.

WBZ News Radio’s Mark Katic reports from Gillette.

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Workers only have three days until the Patriots play the Jets Sunday afternoon, and Nolan says the Patriots have a new weapon to combat the mounds of snow: a snow melter.

WBZ-TV’s Bill Shields reports from Foxboro

“The snow that comes out of the seating bowl itself from the seats will go into the melter. They tell us it can melt it as fast as we can put it in, and it will go into our storm drains,” said Nolan.

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Even with the snow melter, it will still take 300 people working shifts around the clock to get the stadium ready in time for Sunday’s game.

Bill Shields