The Super Bowl's Warm Weather Rule

Jabber HeadSenior Analyst IJune 16, 2010

Basically, Super Bowls have, in the past, been held only in warm weather locations or in a few case, cities with domes.

In fact, 26 out of 44 Super Bowls have been played in one of three locations: New Orleans (nine times), Greater Miami area (ten times) and Greater Los Angeles area (seven times). Two other locations make up for another seven games: San Diego (three times) and Tampa (four times). That is 33 out of the current 44 games.

Traditionally, the NFL does not award Super Bowls to stadiums that are located in climates less than 50°F unless the field is completely covered by a dome, or more lately, a retractable roof.

Only three Super Bowls have been played in northern cities. A Super Bowl was awarded to Kansas City, but only conditionally, and when they were unable to raise all of the funds for the renovations to the would be venue, the Super Bowl was moved to another area. A similar carrot was dangled for the New York Jets, and retracted when the city and state could not agree on the funding for a retractable roof stadium.

Then, in an apparent retraction of the cold weather rule, Meadowlands Stadium was chosen for the Super Bowl in 2014, despite the fact that it does not have a retractable roof.

There are other rules surrounding the choosing of a Super Bowl venue.

They may be represented by the size of the city and surrounding areas, meaning there must be enough hotels, motels and restaurants willing and able to deal with the influx of visitors during a Super Bowl.

And the existing, although likely changing soon, rule that there must be an NFL team in the area of consideration (I say that this rule is likely to change soon, because there has been a lot of talk about taking the Super Bowl to London, an area neither of warm weather nor having an NFL team).

OK….enough about the so-called rules that guide the decisions that surround a Super Bowl venue.

We’ve seen enough to realize that most of the rules can be broken when chosen, especially when money or the rebuilding of a stadium is involved. This is especially true now that there is the possibility of taking our big game overseas.

I maintain that the Super Bowl is AMERICAN FOOTBALL HISTORY, and has been for 44 years. Strangely enough, the name Super Bowl was introduced by Lamar Hunt as a temporary name, until a better could be introduced

Super Bowl Sunday is considered a defacto American Holiday. I feel that taking the game outside of the USA just isn’t right.

But my question really involves the cold weather rule. Is it necessary? Would playing in the cold, or damp, or even snow stop any fans from showing up to the biggest game of the season?


Chiefsmom is a Jabberhead and an SJ contributing author

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