You know it’s a bad day when the things we put in place to prevent mishaps are what cause problems down the road. Last Sunday the world witnessed the first ever blackout delayed Super Bowl in history, and while most of the viewing audience and attending crowd handled the situation well it has been a week of hell for both Superdome management and NFL officials in charge of operations of the big game.
The power outage that indeed left part of the Superdome in the dark for what seemed to be an eternity was actually caused by the very device that is meant to prevent such a thing from even occurring. Entergy New Orleans, the electricity company that powers the Superdome said on Friday that it had discovered the cause of the blackout during the game. According to them an electrical relay system that was specifically put into place to prevent blackouts is what caused the power to go out Sunday night.
“While some further analysis remains, we believe we have identified and remedied the cause of the power outage and regret the interruption that occurred during what was a showcase event for the city and state,” said Charles Rice, CEO of Entergy New Orleans. Despite the power outage the game still drew record numbers in terms of television ratings and revenue brought into the city of New Orleans and surrounding communities.
This was also the second time in history that the Super Bowl could be viewed online legally and for free through both CBS.com and NFL.com. The live video stream had a reduced quality than your standard high definition television set, however, for those who could not get to a TV screen Sunday night there was the option to stream online.