According to a report that I just saw pop up, the Wilfs today said they are looking at adding a retractable roof at their expense. They were quoted in the article as saying "we're going to try to do it" and wanted to make it as attractive as possible to the fans, and I'm sure for other event's as well. So let's hope they get it done and make this thing kick arse!!!
Roof Article HERE!
UPDATE: So, the story has been updated since I orginally posted it and so, I am updating here as well.
The story does state that Zigy, who watched the Giants play outdoors at the Meadowlands when he was younger, said ''If it's snowing very, very hard, we'll open up the roof'' Now, I don't know about you, but that just gives me chills, in a very good way! Though in reality, that may not happen. But it would be nice! But, a grain of salt.....When asked by the reporter if that type of roof was in the plans, Zigy did say he wasn't sure yet. But as things get closer to the architecture drawing stage, I have a good feeling he will say "BANZAI", er, I mean, sure, why not.
Just think folks, possibly be playing in a sun filled stadium with fresh air coming in, or perhaps, fresh snow for real, their own stadium, not sharing it. Which, as the article states, will be a first in our now 51 years, and to come, 55 years when this thing will more then likely open up, along with the roof!
NFL Rules regarding closing/opening roof
It is the home team’s decision to close the roof or to leave it open during the game. This decision must be made at least 90 minutes before kickoff. If the game started with the roof open, but officials decided to close it because of bad weather, it cannot be reopened again until the end of the game. All regular season and preseason games are subject to these rules.
Overtime and End of Game
There are some occasions where the officials don’t have the right to close the roof, even if the weather conditions are adverse. These occasions include the fourth quarter’s final five minutes in a regular time of a game and also when the football scoreboards claim that a game must go into overtime. The only time an NFL official may decide to shut the roof is when the weather conditions are a hazard for the fans and the players (for example, during a severe thunder storm or hail storm).
Superbowl and Playoff Games
If a stadium with a retractable roof is set to host a Superbowl game or a divisional playoff, it is the NFL that decides if the roof should be closed or remain open during the game. Once this decision is made by the NFL, all of the other rules apply equally, such as the end of game, regular game play, and overtime roof rules. If at the start of the game the roof is open, it has to stay open unless there are adverse weather conditions. If the roof is to be closed by officials for this reason, it has to stay shut for the whole game.