Jim Irsay posed a question to Colts' fans earlier this morning regarding Sunday's game: Should the roof be open or closed?
The forecast calls for a toasty, 91-degree day, but September is one of the few months where we see the Colts actually utilize their retractable roof. In sorting through the @JimIrsay mentions, I found several fans compaining about the heat and sun:
@JimIrsay I sit in the sun in section 101. For the love of God! Keep it closed!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!— Aaron Raleigh (@AaronRaleigh) September 5, 2013
@JimIrsay shut the roof! Was at a college game this past weekend about same weather and it was dreadful with the heat— Nick hinds (@nrhinds) September 5, 2013
That's just two of the dozens of tweets asking for a roof closure. A person wrote into the Letters to the Editor section of the Indianapolis Star to voice his displeasure with the roof being open for the preseason opener against Buffalo. The weather that day? 77 and sunny (in other words: stunning). What's the point of having a retractable roof if you aren't going to open it on a day like that? As Kent Sterling wrote earlier this week, some fans need to grow a pair.
I don't get it. To me, football is meant to be played outdoors. When I was a kid, we always organized a neighborhood football game during the first major snowstorm of the year. In the old Madden games for Genesis, I used to always choose "Rain" or "Snow" as the playing conditions. Our high school rivalry game was annually played at noon on Thanksgiving day... outdoors (late November in Connecticut is basically like January here). I remember watching the infamous Snowball Game at Giants Stadium with my dad where Chargers had to dodge snow balls being thrown by fans.
I didn't even attend my first indoor football game until going to the RCA Dome in 2004. While I really enjoyed the crowd noise (I swear that the walls used to shake in that place), I found the overall atmosphere to be strange. It was like being at a giant Peyton Manning Convention with 50,000 people. Instead of the sun on my skin, I basked in the glow of the Dome's fake lighting system. Even after attending many games, many years later, it's still something that I'll never fully adjust to.
Given the fact that fans in Indianapolis have watched indoor football 95% of the time over the last thirty years, it probably would've been smarter to pass on the retractable roof. But, there's no going back now.
The only option for Irsay to appease the Colts' fans complaining about the heat? Block the sun. (Vote in our Poll below)