sports gazette

Doris Day: Wildest weather in sport

Published: 23 Feb 2017

As Storm Doris hits the UK, we look at some famous examples of games hit by freakish weather.

Cold

Appropriately named “The Ice Bowl,” the 1967 NFL championship took place between the Green Bay Packers and the Dallas Cowboys. The site of the game was Lambeau Field in Green Bay, where temperatures dropped to -26 °C (-15°F) with a wind chill of -44 °C (-48 °F).

It was so cold in fact, that the halftime show, which was supposed to be performed the UW-La Crosse marching band, had to be cancelled because the woodwind instruments wouldn't play and the brass instruments would get stuck to the musicians' lips.

Snow

Football matches rarely have to deal with extremely poor weather because matches are usually called off before they can be finished. The exception in this case being the 2013 match between the USA and Costa Rica.

The two sides played in a snowstorm in Colorado much to the dismay of some of the players. Employees had to shovel the center circle, penalty areas and the midfield line in order for play to continue.

Fog

Indoor sports are usually immune from having to deal with poor weather conditions. However, a perfect storm of events led to complications for game three of the 1975 Stanley Cup Finals.

Unusual heat in Buffalo, along with the lack of an air conditioning system caused portions of the game to be played under heavy fog. During stoppages of play, rink employees would carry around bedsheets in an attempt to dispel the fog.

Wind

Usually called, “The Windy City” for its politics, Chicago lived up to its nickname in a more literal sense in the 1986 NFC divisional round of the playoffs.

Strong gusts of wind coming off of Lake Michigan made its way into Soldier Field and wreaked havoc, causing New York Giants punter Sean Landeta to whiff on a punt attempt, and leading normally reliable kicker Kevin Butler to miss three field goal attempts.

This was not the first time when wind affected a Chicago sporting event. The wind was blowing out at Wrigley Field in a 1979 game between the Cubs and the Phillies. The Phillies won 23-22 and 11 home runs were hit between the two teams.

Miscellaneous

Game three of the 1989 World Series had to be postponed due to a magnitude 6.9 earthquake. The earthquake rocked Candlestick Park in San Francisco, and the series had was postponed for 10 days as the ballpark was dealing with power loss and structural damage.

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