A bit of a unscheduled break during the third quarter.
The Super Bowl is one of the biggest sporting events of the year (if not the biggest). The amount of planning involved in pulling off an event like the Super Bowl is astronomical. However, last night was proof that even the most meticulously planned events are not safe from things like power outages.
Fans were left hanging last night when a power cut plunged the stadium into darkness and delayed the third quarter by over half an hour. ESPN cites police officials as saying the outage was caused by a power surge that occurred as a result of too much electricity being pumped into the Superdome. While much of the lights went out, the field remained lit and players remained on the filed, stretching during the stoppage in play.
According to the Chicago Tribune, New Orleans electric utility Entergy Corp said the problem was not on the utility company's end but with the Super Dome's own equipment.
"All of our distribution and transmission feeds going into the Superdome were operating as expected," the Huffington Post cites a spokesperson for the company as saying.
The NFL released a statement saying stadium officials were investigating the cause of the outage.