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Friday, November 1, 2013
Texans might open Reliant roof Sunday

By Tania Ganguli

HOUSTON -- Forget Arian Foster's status. This might be the biggest news of the week.

The Texans might actually open up Reliant Stadium's retractable roof Sunday night for their game against the Indianapolis Colts, which starts at 8:30 p.m.

It works. I swear. I've seen it open on non-gamedays with my own eyes.

The team made the announcement on its official Twitter feed, citing an expected temperature of 56-70 degrees and clear skies:

Roof Forecast for Sunday: 56-70 degrees, no rain. If conditions remain the same, Texans will play with open roof. pic.twitter.com/Isc1tlDYIZ

Houston Texans (@HoustonTexans) November 1, 2013

This summer, the Houston Chronicle did a cool graphic on the roof's patterns. Since the start of the 2011 season, the roof has only been open for one game. It was a 2011 game at 1 p.m. ET against the Jacksonville Jaguars. It was 68 degrees, and there were scattered clouds.

Weather has often been cited as the biggest reason why the Texans haven't opened their roof. It can get unbearably hot in the sun even on pleasant days in the fall in Houston. That 2005 game against the Pittsburgh Steelers, when the temperature got to 90 degrees, must have been miserable.