Retractable roof policy gets amended

Teams with retractable roofs will now have the option of opening them at halftime, after Colts proposal gets league OK.

Lucas Oil Stadium should get more use out of its retractable roof, weather permitting, after an Indianapolis Colts proposal to amend language in the league policy was approved Wednesday during the NFL Annual Meeting in Phoenix.

If inclement weather that forced the roof to be closed at kickoff subsides by halftime, the Colts can have it opened for the second half, based on the new language in the policy.

Teams with retractable roofs must make their decisions 90 minutes prior to kickoff, and state their intention to open it later. If the weather is acceptable to do so with five minutes remaining in the second quarter, the roof will be opened at halftime.

The Colts don’t play many games with the roof open, so they proposed this change to have an opportunity to enhance the in-game experience. Again, it all depends on Mother Nature.

Another proposal, which caused a lot of buzz, was to try a nine-point play in preseason with a 50-yard field goal for one point if teams successfully made a two-point conversion. That proposal was withdrawn.

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