Lights, camera, actio…..Oh crap, someone turn on the lights. That is what we saw last night during Super Bowl XLVII around the start of the third quarter.
When I was in college, I had an internship with the South Florida Super Bowl XXIX Host Committee (the San Francisco 49ers demolished the San Diego Chargers in that contest). I remember meeting after meeting with the NFL discussing how important it was to follow specific protocols and make sure everything went smoothly. The South Florida communities (Broward, Dade and Palm Beach counties) all received nice paydays as a result of hosting the game, but expectations were high in return.
For those of you that have traveled to a Super Bowl, you’re well aware of the astronomical costs involved with attending the game. On top of paying full hotel prices, there’s no bargains anywhere else. All of this before you plop down money for your ticket. Attending a Super Bowl is an expensive proposition.
So when the power goes out at the venue hosting the game, it really speaks volumes about the host city. In addition to the fan experience, this is an excellent opportunity to sell your city. By failing on the world’s biggest stage, New Orleans looks terrible. Now I get it, there’s things that are out of one’s control. But this was one of those things that should have been checked, double-checked and triple-checked. With all that rides on this game, there’s no detail that’s too small. This is totally unacceptable and will potentially impact New Orleans’ chances of getting the game in the future. This was the first time the city hosted a game since the devastation of Hurricane Katrina, and it certainly may be the last time for a while.
There’s certain times when your city needs to look its best. Last evening wasn’t what the doctor ordered in the Big Easy.