Was Super Bowl 2022 the Hottest on Record? What about AC?
Super Bowl LVI was predicted to be the hottest ever played in NFL history. Although the biggest, post-season game is always scheduled for the middle of winter, this year’s showdown kicked off after a heat advisory had been issued by the National Weather Service.
The previous heat record during a Super Bowl was in 1973 (Super Bowl VII), when the Miami Dolphins bested the Washington Commanders (14-7). This game also took place in Los Angeles, and temperatures reached 84 degrees.
SoFi Stadium is “climate-controlled” but does not have conventional air conditioning or a heater, so temps inside can be higher than the readings of the thermometer outside. The roof of the stadium is built to regulate temperature inside, and the sides of the stadium allow for a breeze to flow through.
You might ask yourself, “Why did L.A. build a $5.8 billion dollar stadium and not include air conditioning?” Well, it did – but in a rather innovative way.
The roof of SoFi is an engineering wonder. The canopy of the stadium is not enclosed. There are 302 ETFE panels and 46 mechanized vents in the shape of a large sail that allow the heat generated by more than 70,000 spectators to dissipate while also allowing natural light into the facility.
The roof panels don’t just open and close, they are engineered and positioned in a way to essentially create a vacuum, or microscale low pressure areas on top of the roof itself to pull the heat out. This is similar to how airplanes’ wings are shaped to create low pressure on top of the wing and high pressure underneath to create lift.
By game time, the temperature on the field for Super Bowl 56 was 82° just short of the 84° record from 1973.
Here’s a look at the top five warmest Super Bowls based on kickoff temperature:
• Super Bowl VII (1973) – Miami Dolphins vs. Washington – 84 degrees
• Super Bowl XXI (1987) – Denver Broncos vs. New York Giants – 76 degrees
• Super Bowl XXIX (1995) – Los Angeles Chargers vs. San Francisco 49ers – 76 degrees
• Super Bowl 50 (2016) – Carolina Panthers vs. Denver Broncos – 76 degrees
• Super Bowl LI (2017) – New England Patriots vs. Atlanta Falcons – 76 degrees
The coldest game took place at Tulane Stadium in New Orleans, Louisiana for Super Bowl VI back in 1972. The Dallas Cowboys battled the Miami Dolphins on a brisk 39-degree winter day.
Be Sure to Put Your AC Game Plan into Action ASAP!
Thinking about adding or upgrading your air conditioning for our upcoming Season of Sun? With production delays having affected every part of AC manufacturing this past year, the best advice is to put your game plan in motion as early as possible. Quality can help you reach the end zone for a cooler summer if you act soon. Don’t let the clock run out!
* – ETF -(ethylene tetrafluoroethylene)