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Officials Making Sure MetLife Stadium Is Not Site Of Another Super Bowl Blackout

The N.Y./N.J. Super Bowl Host Committee and New Jersey’s Public Service Electric & Gas Company (PSE&G) have "taken every precaution to make sure the lights don’t go out" at MetLife Stadium during Super Bowl XLVIII, according to Gary Myers of the N.Y. DAILY NEWS. There was a 34-minute lighting delay during Super Bowl XLVII at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in February, and it would be a "nightmare for the NFL" if MetLife Stadium goes dark. NFL Senior VP/Events Frank Supovitz: "I don’t believe it will happen again. There are so many experts focused on making sure that it doesn’t. It seems to me the safest place to be if you are looking for power." Myers reports on Super Bowl Sunday, there will be 30-40% "more power required than for a regular-season Giants or Jets game based on media requirements and events being held at the Izod Center and the Meadowlands Racetrack." Two power sources "feed into the stadium, and for the Super Bowl, a third dedicated line is being installed." PSE&G President & COO Ralph LaRossa said that there will be "enough power brought into the complex to handle the equivalent of taking care of 12,000 homes." He added that "any of the three lines can supply enough power by itself." The NFL also "brings in generators." Myers noted a test was "run a few weeks ago at the Meadowlands with the same power requirements that will be utilized on game night, and there were just a couple of minor, fixable glitches." LaRossa: “We put a lot of toasters in the kitchen and made sure the (ground fault interrupter) didn’t trip" (N.Y. DAILY NEWS, 11/15). He added, "I would never guarantee anything. When you’re dealing with pieces of equipment, you never say 100 percent. We have taken every precaution that we could" (Bergen RECORD, 11/15).
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