What caused power outage? 2013 Super Bowl delayed for 34 minutes, Entergy and SMG issue joint statement

By on Feb 4, 2013 in Football, Sports, United States, Weird Comments

Updated: February 4, 2013 11:35 p.m.

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What caused the power outage? This is the question of millions of viewers of the 2013 Super Bowl, after a 34-minute partial blackout delayed the Big Game this Sunday, February 3, 2013. Later, Entergy and SMG, the companies responsible for supplying power to the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, issued a joint statement.

2013 Super Bowl power outage

A security guard standing inside the Mercedes-
Benz Superdome in New Orleans, as 2013 Super
Bowl experiences partial power outage

Credit: Doug Mills/The New York Times

On Sunday night, power was cut inside the 73,000-seat superdome with 13:22 left in the third quarter of the game between Baltimore Ravens and San Francisco 49ers. That time, RavensJacoby Jones has just made a 108-yard kickoff return for a touchdown; and his team was leading the scores, 28-6.

But just minutes after Jones completed the longest kickoff return in Super Bowl history, half of the roof lights suddenly went off. During that odd moment, there were no Internet connections in the press box and the scoreboards went dark. Football fans rushed to social sites, dubbing the incident as “the blackout bowl.”

CBS Network, which broadcast that major NFL event, issued a statement when the power resumed, saying that they “lost numerous cameras and some audio powered by sources in the Superdome and immediately used backup power,” adding that they will still honor all its commercial commitments.

“The power outage was an unfortunate moment in what has been an otherwise shining Super Bowl week for the City of New Orleans. In the coming days, I expect a full after action report from all parties involved.” New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu was quoted in the report at The New York Times on Sunday night.

On the other hand, Entergy and SMG released a statement today, Monday, February 4 at Entergy.com, saying that “shortly after the beginning of the second half of the Super Bowl, a piece of equipment that is designed to monitor electrical load sensed an abnormality in the system.”

“Once the issue was detected, the sensing equipment operated as designed and opened a breaker, causing power to be partially cut to the Superdome in order to isolate the issue. Backup generators kicked in immediately as designed.” Entergy and SMG added.

“The fault-sensing equipment activated where the Superdome equipment intersects with Entergy‘s feed into the facility. There were no additional issues detected. Entergy and SMG will continue to investigate the root cause of the abnormality.” The companies further said.

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