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Kittens steal the show at Super Bowl Live

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MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. (KTTC) -

The ice sculptures and snow-covered Birkie Bridge set the mood of the chilly Super Bowl Live extravaganza all week in downtown Minneapolis--but there was one exhibit that was drawing crowds from the day it started. Some might say the stars of the Kitten Bowl stole the show.

People were standing in line to see the stray kittens brought here for the Kitten Bowl, the feature of the Hallmark Channel set to air on Sunday afternoon. 

The kittens were kept inside the Dayton’s Project Building, allowed to romp at will on a cat-sized football field and relax in the "locker room" and study a chalkboard diagram of the big play, the “Tail Mary.”

There were spoof photos of Mew Brees, Tomcat Brady, Rob Bron-cat-ski and Brett Furve.  You can get your photo taken with a gold statue of a kitten catching a football. 

Kids and older folk waited in line for the chance to walk by and check out the kittens, watch them frolic, and jump up on the glass separating felines and people. 

"This is bigger than the actual Super Bowl," suggested Rodney Peete, the Kitten Bowl "Play by Play" Announcer. "The cats are unpredictable. The kittens are so beautiful. I can't say that about all offensive lineman. They're not beautiful. The kittens are beautiful so you're rooting for everybody."

The crowds of moms, dads and kids of course just wanted to get a glimpse of the kittens and dream about taking one home. The whole goal of the exhibit was to encourage adoption of stray cats and kittens.

The Minnesota Board of Animal Health licensed the Kitten Bowl as a temporary home for stray, abandoned or unwanted kittens from rescue organizations, and visitors were encouraged to get involved in the adoption process.

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