Superdome officials foresaw possible power outage

  • Jim Racalto
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While the power outage during Sunday’s Super Bowl created a flare of drama to a game already filled with story lines, reports have surfaced that Superdome officials  warned that an outage was possible months before the game. Some equipment was even quickly replaced prior to the Super Bowl.

While the cause for the 34 minute power outage is still unknown, fans and spectators weren’t deterred. The Ravens 34-31 victory over the 49ers is now the third most watched program in the history of television. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell as well as Superdome officials are confident that this incident will not hinder the Superdome from hosting future championship games.

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From Yahoo Sports:

To New Orleans’ relief, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said the city did a ”terrific” job hosting its first pro football championship in the post-Katrina era.

”I fully expect that we will be back here for Super Bowls,” he said, noting a backup power system was poised to kick in but wasn’t needed once the lights came back.

A memo dated October 15th found that several pieces of electrical equipment that power the Superdome were consistent with a chance of failure, however no more electricity was used Sunday than is used during a regular Saints game. Beyonce, who rocked the house during halftime, brought her own generator. The cause isn’t expected to be found for a few more days, but I think we should all be happy that fans and officials handled the problem well to avoid potential catastrophes.

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