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Power Outage Stalls Super Bowl for 30 Minutes

By - Source: Tom's Guide US | B 25 comments

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. 

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    static1120 , February 4, 2013 10:34 AM
    This doesn't even count as tech news... :/ 
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    azraa , February 4, 2013 11:01 AM
    Eff the superbowl dude.
    Their copyright policy with the event, and you watching it with friends, is serious bullshit. If you watch it in a big screen (40" or more i believe) you are not allowed to share the signal (aka get together with friends) with X amount of people max.

    bs.
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    captjack5169 , February 4, 2013 11:17 AM
    azraaEff the superbowl dude.Their copyright policy with the event, and you watching it with friends, is serious bullshit. If you watch it in a big screen (40" or more i believe) you are not allowed to share the signal (aka get together with friends) with X amount of people max.bs.


    Thats really interesting. I never knew that, but they can kiss my ass. My TV, my Cable Bill, My house. I would love to see them try to enforce a rule like that.
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  • 20 Hide
    static1120 , February 4, 2013 10:34 AM
    This doesn't even count as tech news... :/ 
  • 14 Hide
    azraa , February 4, 2013 11:01 AM
    Eff the superbowl dude.
    Their copyright policy with the event, and you watching it with friends, is serious bullshit. If you watch it in a big screen (40" or more i believe) you are not allowed to share the signal (aka get together with friends) with X amount of people max.

    bs.
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    ajrm , February 4, 2013 11:02 AM
    static1120This doesn't even count as tech news...

    Considering technology we know requires electricity(DC/AC) maybe this is tech news!!
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    captjack5169 , February 4, 2013 11:17 AM
    azraaEff the superbowl dude.Their copyright policy with the event, and you watching it with friends, is serious bullshit. If you watch it in a big screen (40" or more i believe) you are not allowed to share the signal (aka get together with friends) with X amount of people max.bs.


    Thats really interesting. I never knew that, but they can kiss my ass. My TV, my Cable Bill, My house. I would love to see them try to enforce a rule like that.
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    Antimatter79 , February 4, 2013 11:24 AM
    azraaEff the superbowl dude.Their copyright policy with the event, and you watching it with friends, is serious bullshit. If you watch it in a big screen (40" or more i believe) you are not allowed to share the signal (aka get together with friends) with X amount of people max.bs.


    When I was in Air Force Basic training, I got injured and sent to Med Hold for 3 weeks, during the super bowl. My squadron's common area had a working tv with cable, the other squad did not. We charged 2 bux a head to let the other squad come and watch the Superbowl. Without even knowing it, I guess we were sticking it to THE MAN. Fight The Powa!!
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    captjack5169 , February 4, 2013 11:40 AM
    Antimatter79When I was in Air Force Basic training, I got injured and sent to Med Hold for 3 weeks, during the super bowl. My squadron's common area had a working tv with cable, the other squad did not. We charged 2 bux a head to let the other squad come and watch the Superbowl. Without even knowing it, I guess we were sticking it to THE MAN. Fight The Powa!!


    Thank you for your service sir, I hope you are well now. Hell of a game though.
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    g00fysmiley , February 4, 2013 11:59 AM
    I think the power outage was the most intresting part of that game up until the power was restored.. and even then it was just liek the teams changed uniforms... also the Lousianna grid is a joke they have the infastructure of a second world country in the best areas and we are somehow surprised that happened
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    bunz_of_steel , February 4, 2013 12:27 PM
    SO?@! it's the Friggin Superbowl so it's relevant to anything at anytime.... ANYWHERE!
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    wcnighthawk , February 4, 2013 12:45 PM
    azraaEff the superbowl dude.Their copyright policy with the event, and you watching it with friends, is serious bullshit. If you watch it in a big screen (40" or more i believe) you are not allowed to share the signal (aka get together with friends) with X amount of people max.bs.


    It's 55 inches. And it pertains to "establishments", ie. Sport Bars or clubs that have multiple 55+ inch tv's, not private homes. Unless you turn your home into a public establishment or use the side of your home as a projector screen so that the entire neighborhood can see, you don't have anything to worry about. That's not the entirety of the law, but this is pretty much the gist of it.
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    unoriginal1 , February 4, 2013 1:26 PM
    wcnighthawkIt's 55 inches. And it pertains to "establishments", ie. Sport Bars or clubs that have multiple 55+ inch tv's, not private homes. Unless you turn your home into a public establishment or use the side of your home as a projector screen so that the entire neighborhood can see, you don't have anything to worry about. That's not the entirety of the law, but this is pretty much the gist of it.

    Thanks for explaining. The other explanation just didn't seem right and I was about to ask where I could find more info on it at. makes sense, Just like with the PPV fights. A business (like buffalo wild wings) pays a business price for their service and ppv's. Versus the $60 a home would pay.
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    bigdragon , February 4, 2013 2:04 PM
    I'm actually going to blame the Ravens for this. They must have brought along some of that negative Baltimore Gas and Electric (BGE) stigma with them. BGE has legendarily poor service quality. It can be sunny and nice outside, but the power still goes out. Clearly some people from BGE were in the crowd.
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    tleavit , February 4, 2013 3:08 PM
    Im amazed people haven't considered a hacker scenario since we have been told for a decade that our power matrix would be a target of terrorism. Im sure it would be not announced as such ever.. but Iran hackers could probably easily do something like that as a warning to our governmental (and issue it to them). Lets see who we rattle sabers at in the next few weeks.
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    danwat1234 , February 4, 2013 3:16 PM
    I think the stadium lights used were HID lights. They take more power when they are warming up so I guess they had to bring on the lights in stages to keep the power in control.

    I don't get why they had to stop playing, the field was still lit up fine. Maybe it was because sponsor banner ad screens were off or something.
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    alidan , February 4, 2013 3:21 PM
    azraaEff the superbowl dude.Their copyright policy with the event, and you watching it with friends, is serious bullshit. If you watch it in a big screen (40" or more i believe) you are not allowed to share the signal (aka get together with friends) with X amount of people max.bs.


    and the kicker, they get massive tax breaks at your expense, and make you pay the most for your cable bill...

    you know those sports channels... discounting the hbo and showtime premiums, those are the most expensive channels, and you cant get out of paying for them... on an 80$ basic cable bill, they are 45-50$ of the bill.
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    susyque747 , February 4, 2013 3:22 PM
    The liar and chief Obama has his gestapo environmentalist nut-jobs in the EPA shutting down coal power plants all over the country. maybe their new fairy dust, unicorn fart powered power plants couldn't keep up with the demand, sad but true.
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    susyque747 , February 4, 2013 3:24 PM
    azraaEff the superbowl dude.Their copyright policy with the event, and you watching it with friends, is serious bullshit. If you watch it in a big screen (40" or more i believe) you are not allowed to share the signal (aka get together with friends) with X amount of people max.bs.

    Who won anyway?
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    fkr , February 4, 2013 4:05 PM
    1. power is tech news. computers control the grid and flow of power. energy is always tech news.
    2. copyright policy. you could watch it for free by either HD broadcast or on cbssports.com
    3. 75% of American TV's watched the game so it is relevant to todays conversation.
    4. EPA shutting down power plants. We need to become more efficient in our power use maybe some outside forces would do us some good for innovation. stop the power subsidies to let the market work. 2005 numbers: 492 coal power plants making 666 MW each. Innovation: NYTimes building is using computers to control shades to allow the right amount of light into a building for natural lighting and also using floor vents for cooling. Cool air rises to ceiling creating more efficient cooling. Facts: NYC has 10% of U.S. office space. This tech could save 340 GW (gigawatt) hours of power. cost to implement $2-10/ sqft and a saving for the NYTimes building of $13k per floor. 25% of power used in NYC goes to indoor lighting.
    source: google--> sunshine light skyscrapers sciam 5 hours ago
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    fkr , February 4, 2013 4:05 PM
    5. ravens won in a close game
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    gm0n3y , February 4, 2013 4:29 PM
    susyque747The liar and chief Obama has his gestapo environmentalist nut-jobs in the EPA shutting down coal power plants all over the country. maybe their new fairy dust, unicorn fart powered power plants couldn't keep up with the demand, sad but true.

    Epic troll.
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    jupiter optimus maximus , February 4, 2013 5:28 PM
    Maybe the superdome was using inefficient equipment, and by this time next year the nfl will purchase 80 plus platinum PSUs, led light bulbs, and maybe a sound turbine generator (when crowds cheer, the sound shock wave from the crowd will move the blades on top of the stadium).
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