After a one-year layover the NFL brings the Super Bowl back to an outdoor, open-roof stadium and the league should be thankful as weather conditions are unlikely to effect the championship game’s outcome.
As the Denver Broncos and Carolina Panthers prepare for their Super Bowl 50 showdown, AccuWeather reports that a “strong” El Nino should provide dry conditions prior to and during Sunday night’s kickoff from Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California.
The outdoor stadium, which opened in July 2014, serves as host for the first time and will benefit from expected temperatures of 70-degrees Fahrenheit at the scheduled 6:30 p.m. ET kickoff. Throughout the day, the temperature isn’t expected to rise above 71 degrees or move lower than 45-degrees.
The forecast also calls for sunny skies and light winds.
Due to the El Nino, California has received some desperately needed rain fall but that’s also created high pressure on the West Coast, resulting in predictions for dry conditions ahead of the big game.
The conditions will be far better than they were two years ago, when the Super Bowl was played at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. Under the threat of snow, the Broncos and Seahawks kicked off in 49-degree weather with 63-percent humidity and winds that helped the temperature slip to freezing.
Last year’s game, between the New England Patriots and the Seahawks was held under the closed roof of University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona, dismissing any chance of the elements having an impact on the game.