MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Twenty-six degrees Fahrenheit. That’s the projected temperature at kickoff of Super Bowl XLVIII Sunday. This year’s big game is expected to be the coldest ever. Ironically, the city the NFL no longer considers for Super Bowls, Miami, has a history of cold Super Bowls.
Until this year, the coldest Super Bowl on record was in 1972 when the Dallas Cowboys played the Miami Dolphins. The temperature that January morning was just 39 degrees at Tulane Stadium in New Orleans. Perhaps it was the cold weather, but Miami was thumped 24-3 by Dallas in that game.
The Dolphins also played in the third coldest Super Bowl, up until this year, playing the Minnesota Vikings at Rice Stadium in Houston in 1974. The temperature was a bit easier to manage that day with a kickoff temperature of 50 degrees. Miami beat the Vikings easily that day, 24-7.
In the fourth coldest Super Bowl, the Miami Dolphins were again a part of the action. The year was 1985 and the Dolphins were playing the San Francisco 49ers at Stanford Stadium in Palo Alto, California. The temperature at kickoff time in Palo Alto was just 53 degrees.
Maybe it was the weather, maybe it was simply having to deal with Joe Montana, but Miami was demolished in that game 24-3 by the 49ers.
In case you were wondering, the second coldest Super Bowl was in 1975 between the Pittsburgh Steelers and Minnesota Vikings, which saw Pittsburgh win 16-3. Interestingly, Miami also hosted the fifth coldest Super Bowl in 1976 when the game time temperature at the Orange Bowl was 57 degrees.
When Super Bowl XLVIII kicks off on Sunday in New York with cloudy skies and a temperature of 26 degrees; the weather at Sun Life Stadium will be mostly sunny with a high temperature of 82 degrees.
Still, Miami will not be considered for another Super Bowl by the NFL until the city/state agree to publicly fund major renovations to Sun Life Stadium or decided to publicly fund a brand new stadium for the Dolphins.