Super Bowl Blackout Explained at Last
Power company takes responsibility
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Feb 8, 2013 10:44 AM CST
Fans and players wait for power to return in the Superdome, Feb. 3, 2013, during an outage in the second half of Super Bowl XLVII.   (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File)

(Newser) – Power company officials revealed today the cause of the infamous Super Bowl blackout, and took full responsibility for it. A faulty relay device designed to prevent a failure in the Superdome's electric cables was apparently to blame, the AP reports. Entergy New Orleans officials said they were replacing the device, but added that it had worked fine in previous large-scale events, like January's Sugar Bowl.

The Superdome has a direct line to Entergy, but it splits into two cables in a building called "the vault" near the stadium. Apparently the switching mechanism is what broke. Entergy's explanation comes on the same day it's scheduled to appear before regulators to explain itself.

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right2dave
Feb 12, 2013 1:53 AM CST
Went to many games in the late 80s. Not a nice venue but lots of room. Time to tear it down and build a new one. Lots of payoff will be had by all.
Smitty6398
Feb 10, 2013 10:00 AM CST
A "full investigation" should add millions to the "operation expenditures" which can be used to argue for rate increases in the future.
myflap.blow
Feb 8, 2013 7:27 PM CST
the penny fell out