Outside experts to probe 34-min Super Bowl power outage

By | February 5, 2013

Outside experts to probe 34-min Super Bowl power outage

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Officials of the Superdome and its utility company said Tuesday that they will hire outside experts to investigate the cause of a 34-minute power failure that halted the Super Bowl.

The announcement by the stadium’s management company, SMG, and Entergy New Orleans came two days after the outage halted play in the third quarter of the game between the Baltimore Ravens and San Francisco 49ers.
… As for possible culprits, it couldn’t be blamed on a case of too much demand for power.

Meters showed the 76,000-seat stadium was drawing no more electricity than it does during a typical New Orleans Saints game, according to Doug Thornton, the Superdome manager.

He also ruled out Beyonce’s electrifying halftime performance. She brought along her own generator.

Officials with the utility and the Superdome were quick to note that an NFL game, the Sugar Bowl and another bowl game were played there in recent weeks with no apparent problems.

Determining the cause will probably take days, according to Dennis Dawsey, a vice president for distribution and transmission for Entergy. He said the makers of some of the switching gear have been brought in to help figure out what happened.

Cinthia Hedge-Morrell, chairwoman of the New Orleans City Council’s Utility Committee, called an emergency committee meeting Friday with Entergy representatives and others, seeking additional information.

The blackout came after a nearly flawless week of activity for football fans in New Orleans leading up to the big game. …

Annonymous?

“Just to confirm, here is a screenshot of the program we hijacked that is used to control the lights,” said the account.

Another caption for a separate picture tweeted by the account read, “Last screenshot was set up for color schemes, here are the actual light controls.”

The remainder of Rustle League’s account, however, is filled with numerous falsehoods, putting the credibility of the group’s claims in question.

The New Orleans Super Bowl Host Committee did not return The Daily Caller’s request for comment by the time of publication.

Entergy and SMG, management company of the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, issued a statement late Sunday evening placing blame for the outage on ”a piece of equipment that is designed to monitor electrical load sensed an abnormality in the system.”

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