7 Coldest NFL Super Bowls Ever Played
Super Bowl XLVII is expected to be a memorable one, not only because two more teams will square off in the 48th edition of the big game, but also because it will be the first Super Bowl to be played outdoors in a cold weather environment. Taking place on February 2, the New York Giants and New York Jets will share hosting duty for their famous MetLife Stadium on the first Sunday of the month, and the bitterness of the teams’ rivalry won’t be the only thing seriously cold that day.
The National Football League is already preparing itself for the possibility of debilitating snow or dangerously cold weather hitting MetLife Stadium, but the League is still hoping that the show will go on, snow or shine, and Bruno Mars will be able to safely shake his hips during the halftime show of the big game. In the past, Super Bowl games have typically taken place in warm weather environments, or in the warmth of domed stadiums that protect players and fans from the brisk weather of colder cities. Stadiums in Florida are especially known for being popular venues, with Tampa hosting four Super Bowls and Miami hosting 10, but MetLife still beat out Raymond James Stadium (Tampa) and Sun Life Stadium (Miami) this year after receiving a simple majority.
So before Bruno Mars shines up his snow shoes and the Super Bowl hopefuls take on the playoffs with a vengeance, we’re highlighting the seven coldest outdoor stadium temperatures that made Bloomberg’s list for coldest Super Bowls. As you’ll soon find out, the word “cold” is all relative when it comes to these past Super Bowl games, as the hottest that took place was back in 1973 when the temperature at Memorial Coliseum reached 84 degrees, but nonetheless, the athletes are about to be in for a wake-up call when they experience New Jersey’s famously cold temperatures this February. Here are the seven coldest Super Bowl games to date, with the help of Bloomberg:
7. Super Bowl XXXIX — 2005
First up is the game played between the New England Patriots and the Philadelphia Eagles. Super Bowl XXXIX took place in Jacksonville, Florida at Alltel Stadium in 2005, and the Patriots came out the victors in the game where the temperatures dipped to 59 degrees Fahrenheit. The 2005 matchup was the first time the Super Bowl was played in Jacksonville, but the city provided the perfect place for the Eagles and Patriots to go head-to-head until the very end, despite the colder temperatures.
6. Super Bowl XI — 1977
Up next at No. 6 is the Super Bowl that took place 28 years prior to the game between the Eagles and Patriots. Super Bowl XI was held in Pasadena, California at the Rose Bowl in 1977 between the Oakland Raiders and Minnesota Vikings. The game that ended 32-14 in the Raiders’ favor was held in a warm weather environment, but temperatures still dropped low for California standards, hitting 58 degrees Fahrenheit and handing it the record for sixth coldest Super Bowl.
5. Super Bowl X — 1976
The Super Bowl that just proceeds Super Bowl XI is next, taking place between the Dallas Cowboys and Pittsburgh Steelers in 1976. Super Bowl X was played at the Orange Bowl in Miami, Florida, but the two teams still couldn’t escape the cold even in the Sunshine State where temperatures reached only 57 degrees Fahrenheit. Remember, it’s Florida we’re talking about here. Despite the cold weather though, the team that hails from a cold weather city came out the victor, and the Steelers nabbed a 21-17 victory.
4. Super Bowl XIX — 1985
Heading back to the Golden State we come to the location of Super Bowl XIX — the fourth coldest Super Bowl played in NFL history. Stanford Stadium in Palo Alto, California hosted the matchup between the Miami Dolphins and San Francisco 49ers in 1985, and there, temperatures dropped to 53 degrees Fahrenheit. The 49ers nabbed their home victory in California nonetheless, and came away with a Super Bowl title with a 38-16 score.
3. Super Bowl VIII — 1974
Taking the No. 3 distinction for coldest Super Bowl ever played is the game between the Minnesota Vikings and Miami Dolphins in 1974. Super Bowl VIII was held at Rice Stadium in Houston, Texas that year but the teams still battled in 50 degree weather, with the Dolphins claiming the final victory 24 to 7.
2. Super Bowl IX – 1975
The game just following Super Bowl VIII takes the title as the second coldest Super Bowl played in NFL history, and it was then that the uncharacteristic 46-degree weather challenged both athletes and fans as the Pittsburgh Steelers and Minnesota Vikings went head-to-head. Both the Steelers and Vikings are cold weather teams, but the fresh storm of cold New Orleans weather kept the scoring to a minimum, with the Steelers eventually coming out on top 16 to 6.
1. Super Bowl VI — 1972
Lastly, we come to the coldest game on Bloomberg’s list, where Super Bowl VI sits as the coldest championship game to take place in NFL history. Interestingly enough, Super Bowl XI took place in Tulane Stadium in New Orleans, LA — the same place that Super Bowl IX was played — but this time, temperatures dipped to 39 degrees in the matchup between the Dallas Cowboys and Miami Dolphins. The Cowboys claimed the final victory with a score of 24-3, but Miami made up for its loss two years later when it won Super Bowl VIII, arguably proving that this warm weather team finally learned its cold weather lesson (see number three).