Should the Super Bowl be played outdoors in cold weather? | The Tylt
Should the Super Bowl be played outdoors in cold weather?
The Patriots and the Falcons will face off at Super Bowl LI. While the Houston stadium has a retractable roof, it's expected to rain. Enter the age-old debate of an indoor or outdoor game. There have been plenty of legendary games played in cold, extreme weather conditions. But critics argue players shouldn't be forced to play in harsh weather conditions—especially when the stakes are so high at the Super Bowl.
Sports writer Mike Downey wrote three years ago that Super Bowl games should be played indoors! Harsh weather shouldn't impact how the game is played. Fans want to see the best football play of the year.
Super Bowls ought to be held indoors -- and that means all of them. Not football itself. The game of football should be played in any kind of conditions, anytime, anyplace -- day, night, indoors, outdoors, weekends, weeknights, whatever. It's all good. UNTIL the Super Bowl. Not that. Never that.
But other football lovers disagree. Like writer Monte Burke—they argue that football should be played in any condition. Period. Plus, some of the best games in history have been in cold or harsh weather conditions. These moments make great memories!
Cold weather—really, any out-of-the-ordinary weather, save for fog—has made for some of the most memorable games in the history of the sport. The Ice Bowl (1967 NFL Championship game), the Tuck-Rule game (2001 AFC Divisional playoffs) and the snowy games that took place during Week 14 of this year (highlighted by the Detroit Lions-Philadelphia Eagles white-out game).