When the power went out in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on Super Bowl Sunday, it left everyone wondering what was going on? People at the game must have been shocked, people watching on television were happy that they didn’t have to listen to Phil Simms anymore, and John Harbaugh, well, we all saw what he thought of the entire situation.
The delay lasted over 30 minutes and after the stoppage, the game went on without any problems, but there were speculations as to why it happened. Rumors were that Beyonce’s halftime show, complete with amplified sound and an illuminating lights, were to blame, and CBS analysts Boomer Esiason even said he’d heard that in her rehearsal’s, Beyonce caused at least two power outages. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell shot down that theory by saying Beyonce had nothing to do with the outage, and so we were again left in the dark as to what happened.
However, the Associated Press reported that on October 15, 2012, tests on the electrical feeders that connect incoming power from utility lines to the stadium showed decay and “a chance of failure.” The report from Entergy New Orleans and the Superdome’s engineering staff also stated that they “had concerns regarding the reliability of the Dome service from Entergy’s connection point to the Dome.”
There were repairs made to the venue, but not enough to stop the power outage. So while most of the players and fans watching the game were shocked by the outage, the NFL knew it was a possibility. Remote as it was, the worst case scenario played out in front of the world to see.
I’d like to say it was a big deal and the NFL should have made absolutely sure this didn’t happen, and they should have, but in the end it wasn’t really a big deal at all. The game went on and everything turned out fine but it never should have happened in the first place. The outage could have tainted a great event with the world watching but luckily the game made the power outage a secondary story.
Still, people want answers as to what happened and we may have finally gotten the right one.
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