Super Bowl 47 will be remembered as much for a power outage as it will be for the play on the field. Just after halftime half of the Mercedes-Benz Superdome went dark forcing a 34 minute delay in the game. Afterwards Entergy, the utility company that supplies power to the facility released the following statement.
Shortly after the beginning of the second half of the Super Bowl in the Mercedes Benz Superdome, a piece of equipment that is designed to monitor electrical load sensed an abnormality in the system. Once the issue was detected, the sensing equipment operated as designed and opened a breaker, causing power to be partially cut to the Superdome in order to isolate the issue.
Backup generators kicked in immediately as designed. Entergy and SMG subsequently coordinated start up procedures, ensuring that full power was safely restored to the Superdome.
The fault-sensing equipment activated where the Superdome equipment intersects with Entergy's feed into the facility.
There were no additional issues detected.
Entergy and SMG will continue to investigate the root cause of the abnormality.
Oh, and the Ravens won the game 34-31 over San Francisco.