Superdome Power Outage Investigation

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press
Officials with the New Orleans Superdome say they are hiring outside experts to examine why power was lost to part of the stadium during the Super Bowl.

Fans and members of the Baltimore Ravens and the San Francisco 49ers wait for power to return in the Superdome during an outage in the second half of the NFL Super Bowl XLVII football game, Sunday, Feb. 3, 2013, in New Orleans. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- Officials of the Superdome and its utility company say they will hire outside experts to investigate why power failed for 34 minutes during the Super Bowl.
The announcement by the stadium's management company, SMG, and Entergy New Orleans came two days after the outage halted play in the third quarter of the game between the Baltimore Ravens and San Francisco 49ers.
Documents show stadium managers were concerned last fall about power lines feeding into the Superdome. Replacement work was done just weeks before the NFL championship game.
On Tuesday, the contractor who performed the work declined to comment.
Arthur Westbrook of Allstar Electric referred all questions to the management company that runs the stadium.
Later Tuesday, city leaders planned a briefing on the city's performance during Super Bowl week.


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