- Ted S. Warren
- The weather forecast for Super Bowl LII in Minneapolis predicts temperatures that would make this year’s game the coldest ever.
- The Eagles and the Patriots have the fortune of playing indoors at the new US Bank Stadium.
- With a temperature of 24 degrees Fahrenheit, Super Bowl VI in New Orleans was the coldest Super Bowl played outdoors.
While the players are huddling to call a play, football fans making their way to the enclosed US Bank Stadium are likely to be huddling together for warmth.
Minneapolis will be hosting Super Bowl LII on Sunday, and the forecast looks cold. The Weather Channel predicts that Minneapolis will have a high of 8 degrees Fahrenheit and a low of zero on Super Bowl Sunday. This would make Sunday’s game the coldest Super Bowl on record.
During Super Bowl VI – played outdoors in New Orleans – the temperature hit a low of 24 degrees Fahrenheit. The SERCC says that 1972 game was the coldest Super Bowl ever played outdoors.
This year’s game between the New England Patriots and the Philadelphia Eagles will be played at US Bank Stadium, which has a permanently closed roof and a climate-controlled environment.
US Bank Stadium opened in 2016 and is the home of the Minnesota Vikings, who narrowly missed out on the Super Bowl by losing to the Eagles in the NFC Championship. The facility will also hold this summer’s X Games and the 2019 NCAA Final Four.
The coldest weather surrounding an indoor Super Bowl came in Detroit in 1982, when the Pontiac Silverdome hosted Super Bowl XVI amid temperatures ranging from 5 to 16 degrees.
This Super Bowl will be the second played in Minnesota. In 1992, Super Bowl XXVI was played indoors at the now-demolished Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome. The temperature that day reached a high of 26 degrees and hit a low of 7. The SERCC also recorded 10 inches of snow outside the dome for that Super Bowl.
Super Bowls have generally been played in the South, where winter weather is less severe. Miami and New Orleans have each hosted 10 Super Bowls, and the big game came to Los Angeles seven times.
The farthest north an outdoors Super Bowl has been played was in East Rutherford, New Jersey, where the New York Jets and the New York Giants share MetLife Stadium. When the NFL awarded Super Bowl XLVIII to the New York area, the idea of possibly playing the game in severe weather conditions was met with great skepticism. Mother Nature played nice, however, and the temperature at kickoff was 48 degrees.
This Saturday may have some snow showers, but there is only a 10% chance of precipitation on Sunday. Only two Super Bowls played outdoors have seen snow, according to the SERCC.
The highest temperature recorded during a Super Bowl was 82 degrees, occurring once in Los Angeles and once in San Diego.
Next year’s Super Bowl will be played in Atlanta’s new Mercedes-Benz Stadium. This year’s game will air Sunday at 6:30 p.m. ET on NBC. Justin Timberlake is returning as the headline act for the halftime show.