December 20th, 2011
12:58 AM ET

Lights out! Football game in San Francisco hit by power outages

San Francisco's Candlestick Park was in need of, well, candles after two power outages stalled Monday night's football game between the 49ers and the Pittsburgh Steelers.

An initial power outage struck the park shortly before the start of the game, delaying the opening kickoff, football officials said. The second delay hit early in the second quarter, briefly delaying the game, they said.

"Right now, we believe the power outage occurred because of a blown transformer. We have all our available personnel working to confirm that," Steve Weakland, a spokesman for the 49ers, said in a written statement.

"There are more questions than answers; we have asked PG&E to assure us and the NFL that this will not reoccur.  We will continue to update you as we learn more. "

The delays in the game seemed to not hinder the 49ers as they walloped the Steelers in route to a 20-3 victory.

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  1. banasy©

    Yeah, that was pretty cool.
    The husband was watching.
    Didn't affect the game at all...

    December 20, 2011 at 6:54 am | Report abuse |
  2. Power outages

    Yeah. Power outages only effect nuclear powerplants and old age homes I guess. Further proof that our infrastructures are in tip-top shape. Power outages are nothing to be afraid of and make great conversation starters.

    December 20, 2011 at 7:20 am | Report abuse |
  3. Phoenix

    Power outages here hardly effect the Phoenix Cardinal games too. It kinda sucks for old people when their air conditioning stops working though.

    December 20, 2011 at 8:29 am | Report abuse |
  4. banasy©

    There's one in every crowd, isn't there?

    December 20, 2011 at 9:17 am | Report abuse |
  5. Stevey

    Two power outages in one game? On national television?! Unacceptable.
    Don't they have Demand Response programs to prevent things like this from happening? I read an article about companies like Energy Curtailment Specialists that work with the utilities to make sure blackouts don't happen...especially in the middle of Monday Night Football! Perhaps Candlestick Park should give them a call.

    December 20, 2011 at 11:44 am | Report abuse |
  6. bobcat ( in a hat )

    @ Stevey

    Transformers do have a tendency to go out from time to time. A time schedule for these unexpected occurences are usually not made public.
    I am sorry you were so inconvieneced by these two short interruptions. But it didn't change the outcome of the game. The 49ers still beat the snot out of the steelers.

    December 20, 2011 at 12:16 pm | Report abuse |