A Superdome power outage put out the lights on Super Bowl XLVII, at two minutes into the second half. Semi-darkness descended on the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, as San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick picked himself up off the ground from yet another disaster. The story is still developing, reports the NBC Bay Area news on Sunday, Feb. 3, but for the 49ers, it was a matter of what else could go wrong, with a score of 28-6 in favor of the Baltimore Ravens and Raven fans still cheering for the longest touchdown in Super Bowl history.
Fortunately, the outstanding Beyonce-driven half time show got finished in time, and the Raven fans were more than thrilled with quarterback Joe Flacco, the whole team, and the game so far. You could say fans had already received their money’s worth. From that point, things got a bit sticky. The lights on half the stadium blinked out.
In a normal game, folks would gather up their blankets and toss their beer cups and head for the exits – if they could see the way to their cars. But this is was the Super Bowl, and tickets cost enough, in some cases, to pay for a cruise.
And safety was primo. No one wanted an on jury, on the field or in the stands. So the crowd waited out the 37 minute delay in relative peace. It gave media crews plenty of time to talk.