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
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
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.