Mercedes-Benz Stadium roof will be closed during Super Bowl LIII

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The Super Bowl between the Patriots and the Rams will be played under a closed roof at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta.
The Super Bowl between the Patriots and the Rams will be played under a closed roof at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta.

The Mercedes-Benz Stadium's retractable roof will be closed when the New England Patriots take on the Los Angeles Rams in Super Bowl LIII.

Atlanta Falcons stadium officials were hopeful the game would be left open to the elements, but the NFL has decided it would be shut prior to kick-off.

"Here's the plan, weather permitting; the roof will be closed during on-field warm-ups and then open for pregame festivities, including the national anthem featuring a flyover from the Air Force Thunderbirds. The roof will then close for the remainder of the night," NFL spokesperson Brian McCarthy told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

The local outlet notes the Falcons generally have the roof open for their games if the temperature is forecast to stay above 52 degrees Fahrenheit.

Weather forecasts for Sunday predict for temperatures in the mid- to upper-50s at kickoff. However, it is expected to drop down to about 50 during the game.

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