SoFi Stadium — which is hosting the 2023 CFP National Championship Game between the Georgia Bulldogs and the TCU Horned Frogs — is an indoor stadium. It also has a particularly strange build that the college football world has taken notice of.
Most indoor stadiums are generally intended to be built to keep the weather conditions taking place in the area away from the game itself. However, SoFi Stadium has openings on the side of the stadium despite having a roof, and rain made its way into the field of play on Monday night.
This issue first reared its ugly head back in the 2021 NFL season in a game between the Las Vegas Raiders and the Los Angeles Chargers, which was delayed due to lightning in the area despite technically being an indoor stadium.
Lightning likely won’t be an issue in Monday’s game, but the rain is something that fans in attendance on Monday game clearly noticed and were shocked by initially.
“It’s raining sideways inside SoFi Stadium lol,” tweeted Jordan Mendoza of USA Today Sports.
It’s raining sideways inside SoFi Stadium lol pic.twitter.com/oF8KQw72C8
— jordan mendoza (@jordan_mendoza5) January 10, 2023
“It’s raining inside SoFi Stadium wtf?” tweeted former TCU player Joshua Carraway.
It’s raining inside @SoFiStadium wtf?
— joshua carraway (@JoshuaCarraway) January 10, 2023
“The most exciting thing about the first half is watching the newest member of the CFB HOF try to figure out how it’s raining inside SoFi Stadium,” tweeted Danny Kanell of CBS Sports.
The most exciting thing about the first half is watching the newest member of the CFB HOF try to figure out how it’s raining inside SoFi Stadium 😂 pic.twitter.com/1dIe3tJRFA
— Danny Kanell (@dannykanell) January 10, 2023
It is certainly a strange factor involved with those who play inside of SoFi Stadium, but this largely affects fans in attendance more than the actual playing conditions on the field.
Regardless, you would think that a stadium that was $5.5 billion to make would not have the seemingly weird design flaw.