Report: Flawed device, errors contributed to Super Bowl blackout
The Mercedes-Benz Superdome stands in semi-darkness shortly after halftime of the Super Bowl on February 3.
March 21st, 2013
09:29 PM ET

Report: Flawed device, errors contributed to Super Bowl blackout

A combination of technical and communication failures contributed to the partial power outage that disrupted this year's Super Bowl, an independent analysis has determined, utility Entergy New Orleans said Thursday.

The power was cut off to half the Mercedes-Benz Superdome early in the third quarter of Super Bowl XLVII between the Baltimore Ravens and San Francisco 49ers, causing a 34-minute delay in the February game.

Dr. John Palmer of Palmer Engineering & Forensics said a recently installed relay had a "design defect" that caused it to trip in an unpredictable way.

He said the device's trip level had been left at the factory default setting, which was inappropriate for its application in the dome.

Palmer's report also cited "inadequate communication between the manufacturer and the utility" as a contributing factor.

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  1. chrissy

    Well im sure glad they cleared up this mystery. Now i can get some much needed sleep lol.

    March 21, 2013 at 10:55 pm | Report abuse |
  2. banasy©

    You mean it wasn't a grand conspiracy by the 49er's to get a break to regroup, and the City of San Francisco didn't pay off NO to do that?
    A malfunction. Suuuuure.

    March 22, 2013 at 12:17 am | Report abuse |