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Super Bowl Blackout Makes For Unprecedented Scene At Superdome
Published February 4, 2013
The Mercedes-Benz Superdome for 34 minutes last night was "bathed in auxiliary lights after a power outage cast a shadow" on Super Bowl XLVII and New Orleans' "otherwise flawless performance as host city." The cause of the outage and "what it might do to the city's bid for the Super Bowl in 2018 were the lasting uncertainties after the game." Minutes of the '12 meetings of the Louisiana Stadium & Exposition District "show multiple references to electrical work in the latter part of the year." New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu "called for a full review of what happened."
Local power company Entergy and stadium manager SMG in a statement said, "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" (NOLA.com, 2/4).
Yahoo Sports’ Jason Cole wrote on his Twitter feed, “So much for New Orleans getting another Super Bowl.” CBS’ Armen Keteyian: “With all due respect the Entergy and Superdome statement is an insult to our intelligence.” The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s Ed Bouchette: "And they're worried about a little snow possibly upsetting next year's Super Bowl in New York?" The Times-Picayune’s Jeff Duncan: “It was ugly. It was embarrassing. But it won't be fatal. The 2018 SB will be in #Nola.”