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New Orleans Mayor Wants Full Report on Super Bowl Outage
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The mayor of New Orleans says he’s expecting a full report in the coming days from everyone involved in last night’s power outage at the Superdome. It caused a delay of more than a half-hour during the third quarter of the Super Bowl.
The Baltimore Ravens, who had been leading by 22 points when the outage happened, barely held on for a 34-31 win over the San Francisco 49ers.
The outage has been blamed on what’s called an “abnormality” in the arena’s power system.
Mayor Mitch Landrieu called it “an unfortunate moment” in what he said was an “otherwise shining Super Bowl week” for New Orleans.
The city was hosting its first Super Bowl since 2002, and was eager to show that it has been rebuilt since Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Billions of dollars were spent sprucing up downtown, the airport, French Quarter and other areas of the city in the past seven years.
A joint statement from the utility that provides power to the stadium and the Superdome operator said that a piece of equipment that monitors electrical load “sensed an abnormality in the system.” It says the equipment “operated as designed,” and caused power to be partially cut to the Superdome so the issue could be isolated.