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Two Power Outages Force Delays During Cowboys-Giants Game

Two Separate Power Interruptions Occurred
During The Third Quarter Of Cowboys-Giants

Two power outages darkened New Meadowlands Stadium during the third quarter of yesterday's Cowboys-Giants game, "interrupting play and disrupting the Fox television broadcast of the game," according to Bill Pennington of the N.Y. TIMES. Stadium officials said that "two separate power interruptions occurred." The first, at 6:00pm ET, "reduced the lighting directed at the field, although several light banks remained lit." That produced a "three-minute delay in the game," and then eight minutes later, "the entire stadium was engulfed in darkness as all the lights went out." A "small number of lights returned after about 20 seconds but it was nearly 10 minutes before the lighting was sufficient for the game to resume." The lighting in the stadium "had returned to normal" after another 10 minutes. New Meadowlands Stadium officials in a statement said power was lost when "one of the two feeders to the stadium experienced a power interruption." Giants Chair & Exec VP Steve Tisch after the game said, "We've all had power failures in our homes. ... If this was some kind of test, we passed with an A grade" (NYTIMES.com, 11/14). New Meadowlands Stadium Co. President & CEO Mark Lamping said, "The system worked as designed. You never want to have a power problem, but the system worked." Tisch added, "The stadium responded very well. Nobody panicked, nobody seemed upset. It came together very, very quickly" (NEWSDAY, 11/15).

SURREAL FEELING: Fox' Joe Buck said after the net came back on the air after the delay, "There was a generator that blew outside stadium. In fact, you can kind of smell a little smoke wafting through this stadium … and it was surreal to say the least when the lights went out. It was pitch black in here, and then slowly different banks of lights started to come back on. A 12-minute delay." Fox' Troy Aikman said, "A number of players, not knowing what was going on nor did anyone else, hit the ground" ("Cowboys-Giants," Fox, 11/14).

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