Indoors or outdoors? Conditions will decide

Ten of the previous 37 Super Bowls have been indoors. The next one could be indoors, outdoors, or both.

Updated: January 22, 2004, 3:55 PM ET
Associated Press

HOUSTON -- Ten of the previous 37 Super Bowls have been indoors. The next one could be indoors, outdoors, or both.

Initial plans for the Feb. 1 game at Reliant Stadium were for the NFL's first retractable roof stadium to be closed, but an official said plans quietly changed over time as the league decided to take advantage of its most unique venue.

"It's a tremendous, tremendous building, and I think it's something we all want to show off," said NFL senior vice president Jim Steeg, the man in charge of Super Bowl planning.

Steeg told reporters Wednesday the roof will be closed for a pregame performance by Aerosmith, at the band's request, then will remain open for the rest of the evening as long as it's not rainy or too cold.

The long-range forecast, subject to change, calls for Super Bowl Sunday to be sunny with a game-time temperature in the mid- to upper 50s.

Steeg added the roof rules for the Super Bowl will differ from Houston Texans home games. The Texans must decide 90 minutes before kickoff whether Reliant will be open or closed, and then the only permissible change during the game would be to close it if conditions deteriorate.

For the Super Bowl, because the stadium is a neutral site controlled by the league, Steeg said there are no restrictions on when or how often the roof may be opened or closed in response to the Texas coast's unpredictable weather.

The roof takes about seven minutes to close.


Copyright 2004 by The Associated Press

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