We’ve finally made it to the College Football Playoff National Championship, but it isn’t exactly going off without a hitch. A storm in Houston has not just delayed Jim Harbaugh’s brother John’s flight from Baltimore, but it has also caused a leak in the roof of NRG Stadium as severe weather impacts the title game.
So, will the leak in the stadium impact the kickoff time of the game or have an impact on play?
So far it is not expected to. There has not been any indication that stadium workers have been able to get the leak to stop, but if it persists throughout the game, it will not be much different than rain at an outdoor venue, which Michigan and certainly Washington are both familiar with.
NRG Stadium has a retractable roof, and of course with Houston experiencing a severe storm and much of the surrounding area under a tornado watch, the roof is closed for tonight’s matchup between No. 1 Michigan and No. 2 Washington.
The leak is over Michigan’s end zone and water has been dripping onto the turf throughout warmups. Still, it’s much dryer inside and fans were seen running for cover inside NRG Stadium.
The tornado watch for Houston and the surrounding area extends to 9 p.m. local time with kickoff set for 6:30 p.m. The severe weather and leak inside the stadium are not expected to impact play and the game is still scheduled to kick off at 6:30 p.m. local time.