It’s time for Super Bowl LVI! Let’s take a look back at some weather records from past Super Bowls. Where was the coldest Super Bowl? Where was the warmest? What weather is expected this year? And, if you’re watching the game from home, find some fun and delicious game day dip recipes.
Super Bowl Weather Records
Most Super Bowls have been played outdoors, where weather plays a significant role. In fact, only 20 of the previous 55 have been in domed stadiums (36.6%), while 35 have been outdoors in warm-weather cities.
In 2022, Super Bowl LVI will be held at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, California, on Sunday, February 13, at 6:30 p.m. ET. SoFi Stadium does have a roof, but its sides are open, meaning that games may be subject to delays due to the rare thunderstorm.
Where was the coldest Super Bowl?
Super Bowl LII (2018) was the coldest Super Bowl day on record. Held in Minneapolis, the high temperature of 9°F was just after midnight on game day and, despite plenty of sunshine leading up to the game, the temperature outside at kickoff was 2°F with a wind chill of -14°F. Of course, the Philadelphia Eagles played the New England Patriots indoors. With such frightful weather outside, the cozy U.S. Bank Stadium was more crowded than your average Super Bowl several hours before kickoff.
The 2014 Super Bowl XLVIII was the only one held in a “cold weather” city without a domed stadium. That Super Bowl was held at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey, on February 2, 2014, and, although the weather was mild for that location with a game time temperature of 49°F, 8 inches of snow fell the very next day. It had been in the previous year’s Super Bowl that the environment most affected the game, as a power blackout in the third quarter delayed the contest for 34 minutes.
Where was the warmest Super Bowl?
Weather-wise, the “hottest” game was played on January 14, 1973, at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in Los Angeles—the second time the Super Bowl was played in that city. At kickoff, the temperature was 84°F (29°C), making the game the warmest Super Bowl. Will this year’s game in Inglewood, CA, break that record?
Weather History Highlights
Some more interesting facts from Super Bowl weather history (covering 1967 through 2021) include:
23 of 55 Bowls had a hint or more of rain at the nearest reporting station on the day of the game (41.8%)
3 Bowls had snow reported on game day (1982, 2006, 2018)
1 Bowl was played during an ice storm (2000)
The warmest high temperature on game day was 84°F (1973, 2003)
The coldest high temperature on game day was 9°F (2018)
The coldest high temperature for an outdoor game was 43°F (1972)
The wettest Super Bowl was in 2007, with 0.92 inches of rain
5 outdoor games had high wind gusts (1980, 1984, 1989, 2007, 2016)
Will any weather records be broken this year? Super Bowl LVI is taking place in Inglewood, California, so rain is not likely. But will heat play a role?
As of this writing, Sunday’s forecast calls for temperatures in the low 80s, which means that we could see a new record for “warmest high temperature on game day,” which is currently 84°F (1973, 2003). Only time will tell!