Current Met Office forecasts suggest the Bulls' trip to Wycombe on Boxing Day may be in some doubt off the pitch rather than on it.
Neither the Met Office nor local weather experts reckon that the temperature will rise significantly above freezing before Sunday, expecting overnight temperatures to dip to -6c and -8c on the two days before the game. While their Adams Park pitch is heated, off-field conditions may cause a postponement on health and safety grounds.
Wasps, co-tenants at Adams Park, staged their match on the ground at the weekend only after asking fans to stay away on safety grounds, costing them tens of thousands of pounds in lost revenue. They asked for only fans that could safely walk to the stadium to come, seeing the attendance drop to 1,200, with local car parks and public transport limited by the freezing conditions.