NFL willing to leave roof open for Super Bowl, weather permitting

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The NFL is open to leaving the roof open for the Super Bowl.

But as they found out the last time the Super Bowl was in Atlanta, the weather is often unpredictable.

According to Tim Tucker of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, league officials said they continue to consider the possibility for leaving the retractable roof at Mercedes-Benz Stadium open, at least for part of the pre-game for Super Bowl LIII, if not the game itself.

We haven’t made a decision whether we’re going to have it open or not,” NFL senior director of event operations Eric Finkelstein said. “If the weather cooperates and all the other factors line up, we would love to have it open. But we will see. It’s something we are talking about constantly.”

Finkelstein said they simply have to wait to see what the weather looks like. A freak ice storm hit Atlanta in January 2000, paralyzing the city during Super Bowl week. So it’s possible that could happen again, so it’s reasonable to wait to declare.

“I think it’s going to be a week-of-the-game decision,” Finkelstein said. “If the weather is trending a certain way, [the decision] may happen earlier in the week. If it’s trending another way, it may happen that weekend. We’re going to make the determination when we feel confident one way or another.”

Otherwise, the stadium is ready for its turn on the big stage, with team Rams and Patriots logos already painted in the field and the place decorated for the big party.

23 responses to “NFL willing to leave roof open for Super Bowl, weather permitting

  1. The NFL gambled on having the super bowl in an open air stadium in New Jersey not too long ago. They lucked out on that one. So long as it isnt raining, leave it open for the game. Or do people like to watch games in domes?

  2. I can see it now….. Pats up at the half, they close the roof, Rams come back and win. Internet self implodes.
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    I can see it now….. Rams up at the half, they close the roof, Pats come back and win.
    Internet self implodes.

    NFL just dumb enough to not realize this……..

  3. Why? It’s Febuary, what the hell does 50 degrees do for the experience if you can have it 70?

    Uhh, it’s a football game, for starters. Not a day at corporate HQ.

  4. Won’t happen. The Mercedez logo is on the closed roof part. You think they want a flyover not to include that free ad to the largest TV audience of the year?

  5. It’s hilarious that these retractable domes cost millions and millions of dollars but then they hardly ever use them. If the owners were paying all the construction costs themselves there wouldn’t be roofs like this in existence.

  6. jackedupboonie says:
    Why? It’s Febuary, what the hell does 50 degrees do for the experience if you can have it 70?

    You could just stay at home if you want to watch football indoors at 70 degrees.

  7. The roof should be open. Football is an OUTDOOR sport. I’m sure the PLAYERS would be more comfortable, and the game is played with players. All the rich folk want perfect 70 degrees, but the game isn’t about them. Open the roof, even if it’s SNOWING.

  8. I always loved to play football in the snow or rain. I also think it adds to watching a game. A Super Bowl in a snowstorm would be the best game ever.

  9. “Pats up at the half, they close the roof, Rams come back and win. Internet self implodes.
    Also
    I can see it now….. Rams up at the half, they close the roof”

    They generally do not open or close these roofs when there are fans or people inside the building. If something goes wrong and someone is injured or killed the liability on the team / facility is tremendous.

    It will be closed and stay closed or be open and stay open for the entire game

  10. On point alrammer. They’ll probably open or shut it depending on whether the Rams are leading or losing during the game. The asterisk SB. What a shame.

  11. Sucks that the Pats have to practice in the elements and LA gets to practice in neutral weather. They should leave the roof open and we can all pray for snow in Atlanta.

  12. If hockey can be played outdoors in January with 80,000 fans braving the cold, I’m sure playing 1 football game in February in a southern state with an open roof shouldn’t be an issue.

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