‘Abnormality’ Blamed For Super Bowl Power Outage?


/ February 4, 2013

From Jacoby Jones’ record-setting 108-yard touchdown to Destiny’s Child’s long-awaited stage reunion, Super Bowl XLVII was definitely one for the history books. However, one of the biggest moments from the night almost ended the game prematurely when half the stadium experienced a blackout.

Experts are now getting down to what exactly went wrong, which is being referred to as an “abnormality” in the Superdome stadium’s power system, based off a report by the Associated Press.

According to a joint statement from Entergy New Orleans, which provides power to the stadium, and Superdome operator SMG, “A piece of equipment that is designed to monitor electrical load sensed an abnormality in the system. Once the issue was detected, the sensing equipment operated as designed and opened a breaker, causing power to be partially cut to the Superdome in order to isolate the issue. … Entergy and SMG will continue to investigate the root cause of the abnormality.”

The outage—which shut down escalators and credit card machines—was ruled out as terrorism by the FBI, and the New Orleans Fire Department put out reports that a fire might have caused the outage.

Hey Bey, looks like you’re off the hook on this one.