Fans and players at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome were just as puzzled as viewers at home were when half of the power and lights went out during Super Bowl XLVII. The lights went out just as San Francisco; who was in possession of the ball was about to execute a play. Because of the break in play, the coaches advised players to stretch and try to stay lose as play could start at any moment. It took a while for the CBS main announcers Jim Nance and Phil Sims to appear on camera because the area they were in did not have power.
After about 15 minutes the league made an announcement that power was slowly returning online and expected that they would be at full power in less than 15 minutes. As officials and Superdome staff raced to get the power situation under control, CBS’s sports analysts broke down the game up to that point.
It’s interesting to note that the Twitterverse is blaming Beyonce’s elaborate and power draining performance for overloading the Superdome’s circuit breakers. This is yet another major and widely watched event that people are blasting her this time with absolutely no justification. Lets remember that the Superdome may have had a major overhaul after Hurricane Katrina but it’s still an old venue.
After tonight’s incident, I doubt that the NFL will ever use an older arena to host the Super Bowl. There is a push now in Atlanta to build a new football venue for the Atlanta Falcons to help with a successful bib for the city to host another Super Bowl.
According to officials, a power feed outside of the stadium was disrupted and caused the power outage inside the Superdome. The league will allow both teams a warm up period before they return to active play. At the time of the power outage the Ravens were in the lead with 28 to San Francisco’s 6 in the top of the 3rd quarter. Play resumed after a 34 minute delay.