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Power company says problem was on Superdome side

Play is halted after half of the lights went out during the third quarter of the NFL Super Bowl XLVII football game between the Baltimore Ravens and the San Francisco 49ers in New Orleans Reuters

During the 34-minute delay caused by a power outage at the Superdome, CBS reported that the problem was caused by the failure of an outside power feed into the stadium.

The company that provides the power has a different take. Entergy sent out word that the failure was on the side of the Superdome and that there wasn’t a problem with the power they were providing to the stadium.

There’s sure to be a lot more finger pointing in what was a very embarrassing moment for the league and the stadium on the biggest possible stage.

UPDATE 9:45 p.m. ET: The Superdome and the NFL have both released statements about the power outage.

“Power has been restored.  We sincerely apologize for the incident,” said Superdome spokesman Eric Eagen.

“Stadium authorities are investigating the cause of the power outage.  We will have more information as it becomes available,” said the league in their statement.

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54 Responses to “Power company says problem was on Superdome side”
  1. trollhammer20 says: Feb 3, 2013 9:17 PM

    *gets popcorn*

    This could be more entertaining than the game.

  2. eigglesnosuperbowls says: Feb 3, 2013 9:18 PM

    Iam sorry but the game don’t feel right now !

  3. jonathandwilson1 says: Feb 3, 2013 9:18 PM

    After living in Baton Rouge during Gustav, Entergy sucks and most likely it was there fault and always passing off the blame

  4. jakec4 says: Feb 3, 2013 9:18 PM

    A small delay is nothing to get all crazy about. Stuff happens.

  5. classyjacklambert says: Feb 3, 2013 9:21 PM

    No need, Buffalo Wild Wings just took credit on facebook… Genius free advertising for them.

  6. benroethlisberger7 says: Feb 3, 2013 9:22 PM

    What a joke. The biggest event in America and they fumble something this fundamental.

  7. ravenator says: Feb 3, 2013 9:22 PM

    NFL clearly was afraid of the Ravens running away with it. Sorry haters. You cant fight destiny.

  8. bigtganks says: Feb 3, 2013 9:23 PM

    Shocker.

  9. meatheadsmakemelaugh says: Feb 3, 2013 9:24 PM

    Ahh America, it’s always someone else’s fault…

  10. starfan79 says: Feb 3, 2013 9:24 PM

    Dallas doesn’t look so bad now

  11. brucetrimble says: Feb 3, 2013 9:25 PM

    Seems to a quick prayer from ray ray would’ve restored the power.

  12. mancave001 says: Feb 3, 2013 9:26 PM

    This is going to be fun

  13. clu1perceiver says: Feb 3, 2013 9:27 PM

    Outside power problem would probably take a lot longer to rectify.

  14. ecountry411 says: Feb 3, 2013 9:27 PM

    Had to be one of the Main Lighting breakers. Once the breaker is reset it takes those types of lights about 5 min to fire back up.

  15. nfceastisbeast says: Feb 3, 2013 9:28 PM

    Cut them a break. These things happen. No need to place blame.

  16. trollhammer20 says: Feb 3, 2013 9:30 PM

    And now the power outage has turned the tide of the Super Bowl…..

  17. twayward says: Feb 3, 2013 9:32 PM

    typical utility. not our fault. it’s the other guy’s fault.

  18. bobnelsonjr says: Feb 3, 2013 9:32 PM

    Like some backward poor country, New Orleans displays to the world its lack of infrastructure and unpreparedness to host a world class event.

    -It is an embarrassment to America around the globe.

    -It is an embarrassment to the NFL and CBS sports.

    Obviously a world class event like the Super Bowl can never again be played in the backward town of New Orleans that cannot supply the energy requirements of the Super Bowl and the town.

    This clearly demonstrates why real football games should be played in the real outdoors and not in some artificial cave with artificial light on artificial carpet built way back in the 70’s.

  19. peytonwantsaflag says: Feb 3, 2013 9:33 PM

    All I know is mrs. Harbough can’t be happy with all the eff-bombs her boys are throwing around.

  20. jimw81 says: Feb 3, 2013 9:35 PM

    we are witnessing possibility of a historic game changing super bowl.

  21. bkunza says: Feb 3, 2013 9:36 PM

    Powergate! Watch the city of New Orleans blame the Commissioner!

  22. rjwill says: Feb 3, 2013 9:36 PM

    any New Orleans figures out a way to get revenge on Goodell… well played NO, well played.

  23. mikey77750 says: Feb 3, 2013 9:38 PM

    And here come the 49ers…if the 49ers come back to win this game, this will become the biggest controversy in the history of the NFL. People will be screaming that the game is fixed, that this was done on purpose. The NFL is facing a dark, dark nightmare if San Francisco wins this thing.

  24. j0esixpack says: Feb 3, 2013 9:41 PM

    I’d round up all the 49ers fans and see which of them pulled the plug on the power.

  25. jimw81 says: Feb 3, 2013 9:41 PM

    btw didnt we see this script last sunday at wwe royal rumble match btw rock vs. cm punk?

  26. bleedsoe9mm says: Feb 3, 2013 9:41 PM

    gave me more time to drink my cool refreshing Budweiser and eat my crispy Doritos …or maybe i watched too many commercials during the outage

  27. bigblue00 says: Feb 3, 2013 9:44 PM

    Beyonce’s smug knocked out the power.

  28. jerrykill4pres says: Feb 3, 2013 9:44 PM

    Who cares! The city is the underbelly of society anyways!

    They will always find someone to blame their problems on… FEMA, Roger Goodell, now the power company!

    Face it new orleans… Your city is a sewage plant… My septic dumps into the mississippi!

    Glad you drink the water… If only you knew how much i jerked off in it!

    Tastes great! Less filling! LMAO

  29. siriusred67 says: Feb 3, 2013 9:45 PM

    Bill Belichick did it. He was last seen driving away from the stadium muttering, “If I can’t have it, nobody can!”

  30. joelvis72 says: Feb 3, 2013 9:53 PM

    You fools. What’s worse, the outage or the Cowboys selling Super Bowl tickets to seats that didn’t even exist?

  31. yourignorancespreads says: Feb 3, 2013 9:55 PM

    That what happens GOODELL when you punish the city of New Orleans for bull crap bounty gate and never show evidence you brought bad Vodoo to your self and now ruined a superbowl because of it. Thanks bum

  32. stevent92 says: Feb 3, 2013 9:59 PM

    It was George Bush’s fault

  33. stampnhawk says: Feb 3, 2013 10:02 PM

    Wonder if the real story will ever come out. If it was intentional sabotage would anyone admit it?

  34. stevenray72 says: Feb 3, 2013 10:05 PM

    There was a bounty on the stadium. Goodell expected to ban Superbowl for 1 year!

  35. johnclaytonsponytail says: Feb 3, 2013 10:11 PM

    Jerry your comment is so classless I truly believe you jerk off with the lack of actual sex you don’t get. This is not on Nola. It’s not like the block went out of power. It was certain breakers in the Dome. Anyone with electrical knowledge knows this. People need to grow up and stop the hating on one of the best cities in America.

  36. johnclaytonsponytail says: Feb 3, 2013 10:15 PM

    And it’s comical for entergy to release a tweet as fast as they could but couldn’t get electricity back on after a small hurricane for almost 2 weeks. One of the worst companies to deal with in the state.

  37. musicman495 says: Feb 3, 2013 10:16 PM

    I am sure all of the doofuses with the “second rate city” comments said the same thing about SF when they lost power on Monday night last year.

    Grow up.

  38. chattanola says: Feb 3, 2013 10:32 PM

    Of course Entergy won’t take the blame. What would that tweet look like.

    “Dear SB fans, due to out poor maintenance program, a power failure knocked half the Dome out. #oops”

    After all they’ve got stock holders to look after and can’t afford a smudge on there record.

  39. BigBeachBall says: Feb 3, 2013 10:34 PM

    the outage didn’t help baltimore and it didn’t hurt SF…

  40. jbarr1 says: Feb 3, 2013 10:58 PM

    I’ve seen longer booth reviews, so it wasn’t that abnormal

  41. riseabovecancer says: Feb 3, 2013 11:27 PM

    Actually reports saying that the Power and Light company had to replace 2 transformers which caused the blackout .

  42. packmanfan says: Feb 3, 2013 11:38 PM

    Mercedes needs to sell more cars so that next time, they can pay the bills on time.

  43. 1saints4llife says: Feb 4, 2013 12:01 AM

    It’s way either the fault of the electric company ,beyonce long performance or the bookie making the spread.

  44. 8man says: Feb 4, 2013 12:01 AM

    Ridiculous. I want details. I don’t trust anyone.

  45. thedownwardspiral says: Feb 4, 2013 12:08 AM

    NOLA gives Goodell one last middle finger before he leaves!!

    Awesome!!! Well played!

  46. jwbiii says: Feb 4, 2013 12:09 AM

    A new Orleans friend of mine had the tweet of the night: “This time it’s the rich folks in the Dome with no power.”

  47. broncobrewer says: Feb 4, 2013 12:11 AM

    Where was Ray Lewis during the Power Outage? Did anyone come up dead?

  48. mdd913 says: Feb 4, 2013 12:34 AM

    There are some people of very low character posting in these two threads. Next time you decide to call someone “backwards” or “classless” or “second rate” you need to takea long look in the mirror and ask yourself if maybe you are, in fact, revealing a little something more about yourself than you’d like to think.

  49. saynepsycho says: Feb 4, 2013 12:57 AM

    ya’ll are a joke…jerry gets roasted because of a once in a 20yr storm that the dfw metropolis isn’t equipped to deal with as no southern city is. Then he catches the blame for ticketgate. Even though all know that the NFL takes over the stadium operations. Had they left the cowboys in charge the stands would have been up in time…had this outage occur at cowboy stadium jerry would be hung from the highest rafter

  50. saynepsycho says: Feb 4, 2013 1:09 AM

    and to whoever said jerry sold tickets that weren’t there is clueless. Jerry and the cowboys had no control over that. Once your stadium is chosen to host, operations are ceded the NFL. Had Jones’s been in charge those seats would have been built in time…get your facts straight.

  51. cranespy says: Feb 4, 2013 1:15 AM

    Chill people……everyone who is complaining about the voodoo power outage are forgetting one simple fact….it gave all of us non Niner and Raven fans something to remember this SB for other than Rays last ride and Bro vs Bro….er’ Brother vs Brother….the nights the lights went out in Nawlins? Gave my crowd more time to eat drink and be merry! Thanks N.O. for a game for the ages…even if it’s the blackout we remember!

  52. gcw440 says: Feb 4, 2013 8:24 AM

    I think someone tried to use the microwave and vacuum at the same time

  53. bartlettruss says: Feb 4, 2013 8:46 AM

    It looked suspicious. Couldn’t have happened at a better time for the NFL who wants the SB to be close at the end. SF got to regroup and right on schedule that’s what happened. They still had basically a half left to play and the power interruption didn’t interfere with the halftime show.

    Gosh the NFL leads a charmed life. A rash of questionable calls at the very end insures the final score and the great Ray Lewis becomes the star of another NFL Films masterpiece.

  54. turfrage says: Feb 4, 2013 8:48 PM

    Beyonce knocked it out TWICE in rehearsals. Need to know more??

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