Power Outage During Super Bowl!
The power outage during Super Bowl created more sensation than the Super Bowl itself. For those unaware, the power went out in the New Orleans’ Superdome, during the recent Super Bowl XLVII. This power outage in turn resulted in a production snag of epic proportions for CBS that was presenting the Super Bowl. The power outage happened right after Beyoncé’s halftime show. CBS on its part had no other option but to go for an extended commercial break, something that might have surprised many, who weren’t remotely aware of what was actually going on. Those watching the game in the Superdome and the players themselves were surely shocked to no end. But, in the end things thankfully went back to normal.
CBS presenter Steve Tasker revealed to the millions of viewers watching on TV that, lights were out in more than half the stadium and even the score boards weren’t working. “Half the power in New Orleans Superdome is out,” Tasker said while players paced and stretched on the field. “One big click of the light switch and we lost power … We got a lot of officials running around wanting to get this game back on … No question this delay is going to effect in some way the momentum of this game coming just after the halftime and the long return of [Baltimore Ravens wide receiver] Jacoby Jones”.
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Owing to the fact that the Super Bowl is one of the biggest sporting events of the year, this news really came as shock to everyone. The question in everyone’s mind was probably, how could such a thing have happened during an event into which millions of dollars are poured? Well, it was revealed that the outage was the result of a power surge and that it might take about 15 minutes for the lights to come back on.
The outage must have caused a lot of irritation to the players as such a thing can ruffle one’s concentration, but eventually they managed just fine. Energy New Orleans that provides power to the stadium has already pinned the blame on the stadium staff by telling CBS that it “appeared to originate in a failure of equipment maintained by stadium staff”. It took 34 minutes for the power to be fully restored, with viewers eagerly waiting all that while, to see the players back on the field. It augers mention that after returning, the 49ers scored two touchdowns and a field goal to narrow the lead.
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