Super Bowl blackout cause still unknown

Last updated 05:00 06/02/2013

Relevant offers

Other Sports

World road cycling championships could be staged in Australia A strong tradition of polo runs in the Clarkin family Hamish Bond takes another step into the unknown at New Zealand Cycle Classic Warriors get heavyweight support for Auckland Nines as Joseph Parker agrees to be waterboy Squash Auckland looks to promote game with summer beach series Raglan surfer Billy Stairmand aiming for the big time after record sixth national title Quiz: Test your sports knowledge - January 20 Southland's Josh Haggerty enjoyed riding with NZ rowing star Hamish Bond Dave McKenzie: the Coaster who against odds won the 1967 Boston Marathon Camera gives cyclists advanced warning from behind

The cause of a 34-minute blackout at the Super Bowl remains under investigation, but public records show Superdome officials were worried about a power outage several months before the big game on Sunday (local time).

An October 15 memo released on Monday (Tuesday, NZ time) by the Louisiana Stadium and Exposition District, which oversees the Superdome, said tests on the dome's electrical feeders showed they had "some decay and a chance of failure".

The memo also said 2011 blackouts that struck Candlestick Park, where the San Francisco 49ers were playing a nationally televised Monday night football game, was one reason for ordering the tests.

The state board later authorised spending nearly US$1 million on Superdome improvements, including more than US$600,000 for upgrading the dome's electrical feeder cable system.

The cause wasn't Beyonce's electrifying halftime performance, according to Doug Thornton, manager of the state-owned Superdome, since the singer had her own generator.

And it apparently wasn't a case of too much demand for power.

While declining to be specific, NFL vice president of business operations Eric Grubman said the league has "backup plans" for continuing the game.

Those plans all focus on playing the full 60 minutes, regardless of whether it is the same day or on another day.

So the Ravens, ahead 28-6 at the time of the partial blackout, wouldn't have simply been declared the winners.

Ad Feedback

- AP

Comments

Special offers
Opinion poll

Will Shane Cameron beat Kali Meehan on Saturday?

For sure. Cameron will knock him out.

It will be close but I think Cameron on points.

Meehan will knock him out. This is his last fight.

I'm tipping Meehan to win on points.

Vote Result

Featured Promotions

Sponsored Content