One NFL Stadium Goes Viral For Dangerous Sideline Conditions
The NFL has always been predicated on a good home-field advantage.
You think of Arrowhead Stadium, Three Rivers Stadium, Ralph Wilson/Rich Stadium, The Vet, etc. It gives that home team a sense of a leg up on whoever they were playing that week.
The Buffalo Bills home field advantage feels almost like a college atmosphere. The fans are right on top of the players, it's very loud and of course, the winter conditions in November, December and January make it a brutal place to play for opposing teams.
However, it's another NFL stadium which is making headlines on social media this season, and it's because of what are actually dangerous field conditions.
The Minnesota Vikings beat the Miami Dolphins at Hard Rock Stadium on Sunday afternoon, by a score of 24-16.
The loss dropped Miami to 3-3 and now tied for last place in the AFC East (New England Patriots). Just like their game against the Bills in week 3, the opposing team's sideline was the big story.
Numerous accounts tweeted the asinine difference in field temperature, between the Dolphins and Vikings sideline on Sunday.
Miami's sideline was a shade over 90, while Minnesota's sideline was a shade over 120 degrees...a 30+ degree difference.
The reason for this is known to Bills fans.
The way Hard Rock Stadium is constructed, the home sideline is entirely in the shade, while the opposing sideline is in the south Florida heat.
One Bills Live recently said the Dolphins, for their week 3 game against the Bills at Hard Rock Stadium, decided not to use the cooling fans on their sideline, which meant the Bills could not either; although they did bring their own benches to the game.
Dan Fetes of 13 WHAM in Rochester says the Dolphins shouldn't be able to bring heaters and winter coats when playing the Bills in Orchard Park in December.
The design of Hard Rock Stadium, I have no problem with. It's fine to use that home field advantage but when one team's sideline is 30 degrees hotter and over 120 degrees, that's when player safety should come into play.
Heat illness is extremely serious and has led to deaths on the football field before, as evidence by former Vikings offensive lineman, Korey Stringer back in 2001.
Stefon Diggs said on the Dan Le Batard Show after the game in Miami that he needed an IV in each arm and had cramps throughout his entire body. He had never been that tired in his life and that's one of the most in-shape professional athletes we know of.
Le Batard agreed that the Bills had to play with "inhumane conditions" against the Dolphins."
We will have to wait and see whether or not things get tweaked so an NFL sideline is not 120+ degrees but as of now, it looks like the Dolphins will use this to their advantage until further notice.