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February 4, 2010 / Dave Gorham

Super Bowl Forecast

Super Bowl Forecast: Pleasant, no rain, temps in the 60s.

If you’re a football fan, you can appreciate the impact of inclement weather on the outcome of the game. A northern team might have the upper hand if the game is played in the snow, while a southern team might have the upper hand if the gamed is played in extreme heat. No argument there, at least not from me. Still the forecast can have an effect; check the line in Vegas for any game with an exposed field. In fact, it’s not just football — any sport outside, from NASCAR to golf, can be impacted by the weather.

This Sunday of course, is the Super Bowl — the 44th Super Bowl; Super Bowl XLIV. Weather won’t be an issue.

Rain falls on 2007’s Super Bowl XLI at Miami’s Dolphin Stadium. Photo:

Since its construction Dolphin Stadium, recently named Sun Life Stadium, has hosted the Super Bowl four times (1989, 1995, 1999, 2007). It was a rainy 2007 Super Bowl XLI: remember when Prince splashed about on stage with that funky electric guitar? In 1989 the winds were gusting to 30mph for Super Bowl XXIII. 1995’s Super Bowl XXIX enjoyed clear skies; so too, 1999’s Super Bowl XXXIII. Prior to Dolphin Stadium it was the Orange Bowl that hosted the Super Bowl an additional five times. And history has been kind to Miami’s open-air Bowls: rain-free eight of the past nine events; soon to be nine of the past ten events.

Forecast: 100% chance of Purple Rain. Prince performing at the 2007 Super Bowl in the rain. Photo:

Even if the forecast busts, a mild rain wouldn’t be much of a problem — players are expected to perform in the rain, the snow, the ice, the wind. However, might a rainy forecast cause a dip in the projected revenue totals? Probably. And so plans are being discussed in Miami to at least partially cover Dolphin Stadium’s seating so the dollars will flow and the fans will decide to come watch the games no matter the weather. Well, a little inclement weather will keep some of the fans home, but this is February after all, not hurricane season. Partially covering the roof won’t, by the way, happen by this coming Sunday but instead sometime in the future – if at all. 

Would you agree that as the owner of the stadium it becomes (much) less about letting the players play in the weather, no matter what the weather as football was intended, and (much) more about taking measures to reduce the impact of the weather to maintain the stream of revenue dollars?

And let’s not forget the halftime show. One could make a conversation out of how the weather effects Super Bowl halftime shows. And as your friends are fleeing madly away, you could shout out this link to NPR’s take on some of the more “interesting” halftime shows of the past. Have fun watching (or not watching) The Who at Sunday’s halftime show.

Oh, one more thing — it does indeed rain in Miami during the typically dry month of February. Tuesday’s Super Bowl “Media Day” was moved inside due to passing showers and thunderstorms.



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