UPDATE 4-NFL-Super Bowl extravaganza hit by power failure

Mon Feb 4, 2013 1:26am EST
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* Overhead lights went out across half the stadium

* Problem with electrical load, root cause unknown

By Larry Fine

NEW ORLEANS, Feb 3 (Reuters) - The Super Bowl, the biggest U.S. sports event of the year, was interrupted by a 35-minute power outage at the Superdome on Sunday, and officials said the problem appeared to be with the electrical load coming into the stadium.

New Orleans electric utility Entergy Corp and the Superdome management company, SMG, said a problem with the "electrical load" caused a sensor to open a breaker and partially cut power to the dome "in order to isolate the issue," a safety feature that worked "as designed."

The abnormality in the electrical load happened where "the Superdome equipment intersects with Entergy's feed into the facility," according to a joint statement by Entergy and SMG.

The cause of the abnormality is unknown, they said.

After a half-time show by the singer Beyonce heavy on electric lights, Baltimore opened the second half with a 108-yard kickoff return for a touchdown that gave the Ravens a 28-6 lead early in the third quarter. Moments later, the scoreboard and half of the overheard lights in the Superdome went out.

Officials waved a stop to play, which abruptly short-circuited the most watched television event of the year.   Continued...