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As a result of the unusual weather, it felt more like a Tuesday night game in mid-October between Bowling Green and Ohio than the penultimate game of the year in California. There was no sun, an umbrella was necessary, and it was abnormally chilly.
SoFi Stadium is unusual.
SoFi Stadium, which is less than three years old, is not a dome nor an open-air stadium. It is both, but also neither.
As a result, with lightning in the forecast for later in the evening, a weather delay is not impossible.
Additionally, because the stadium is not closed-in, it was unusually chilly come kickoff. Temperatures hovered around 55 degrees and the precipitation left a dampness in the air.
Mid-American Conference commissioner Jon Steinbrecher was on the field during pregame and was very familiar with how it felt on the field. It was #MACtion weather!
Former LSU running back/fullback Jacob Hester was also at the game and put things in his own words.
There’s a cold rain. You’re in your car with all four windows down, and the sunroof is closed, but the shade is open.— Jacob Hester on the weather in Los Angeles during the College Football Playoff
While there was not a significant wind swirling, gusts got up to 12/13 miles per hour. It was breezy outside of the stadium, which created an interesting dynamic inside.
The field goal posts, which are down in the depths of the 70,000-seat (semi-indoor) stadium, were moving. Only slightly, but moving nonetheless.
And then, during the second quarter, it started raining— indoors.
Even though the weather was not ideal, spirits were high in and around SoFi Stadium.
Not even rain in L.A. can stop college football fans from having fun!