Lights out on Super Bowl

Lights out in Superdome stops Ravens-49ers Super Bowl in 3rd quarter.
Getty Images: Baltimore Ravens' Terrell Suggs
Getty Images: Baltimore Ravens' Terrell Suggs


Super Bowl XLVII grounded to a halt when the New Orleans Superdome was plunged into darkness for 34 minutes. With 13:22 left to go in the third-quarter, the Baltimore Ravens were leading the San Francisco 49ers by 28-6, when most of the lights went out in the 73,000-seat arena.

Philip Allison, a spokesman for Entergy New Orleans, which provides power to the stadium, told AP that the power had been flowing into the stadium before the lights failed.

"All of our distribution and transmission feeds going into the Superdome were operating as expected," Allison said.

He continued, saying that the outage appeared to originate in a failure of equipment maintained by stadium staff. The outage occurred shortly after Beyonce put on a 12-minute halftime show that featured extravagant lighting and video effects.

"We lost all power up here at the press box level," added CBS broadcast, play-by-play announcer, Jim Nantz, after power was restored. He and Phil Simms were off the air for most of the 34-minute outage.

During the blackout, the auxiliary power was the only source keeping the field from going completely dark.

Once the lights were back on and the game resumed, the momentum changed, with the 49ers coming back with two straight touchdowns. Unfortunately for the 49ers, it wasn't enough and the Ravens went on to beat them, 34-31.

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