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Power Outage Temporarily Throws Super Bowl Into The Dark

Filed by KOSU News in US News.
February 3, 2013

Updated at 9:22 p.m. ET:

The Super Bowl has resumed after a power outage left part of the Superdome in New Orleans in the dark. The outage lasted more than 30 minutes. The Associated Press has more:

“The majority of the lights failed shortly after Jacoby Jones returned the opening kickoff of the second half for a touchdown.

“Play finally resumed with 13:22 left in the third quarter.”

Our Original Post:

“There is no scoreboard, play clock or anything else working except for some ceiling lights,” the San Jose Mercury News reported.

At the time of the outage, the Baltimore Ravens were leading 28 to 6 against the San Francisco 49ers.

CBS reports some of the lights are coming back on. TV announcer Solomon Wilcots reports the coaches are planning to keep the players on the field and keep them stretching.

We’ll continue to update as more information comes in.

Update at 9:48 p.m. ET. Under Investigation:

As for the cause of the outage, a spokesman from Entergy New Orleans tells The Times Picayune that service to the Superdome wasn’t interrupted, meaning the issue was on the stadium’s end.

NFL.com quotes an NFL statement after the game restarted:

“Stadium authorities are investigating the cause of the power outage. We will have more information as it becomes available.”

The 49ers, who were trailing, have picked up steam with the lights back on. At the time of this update, the score is 28-23, Ravens still leading. [Copyright 2013 NPR]

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