Why did the power outage happen in the Superdome during Super Bowl XLVII?

“An unfortunate moment in what has been an otherwise shining Super Bowl week for the city of New Orleans.”

– Mitch Landrieu, Mayor of New Orleans

“It really hurt us. We had lot of momentum.”

– Vonta Leach, fullback Baltimore Ravens

It was a very strange moment for YouWager’s NFL football betting fans: Almost a minute after the game’s second half opened with Baltimore’s Jacoby Jones making an amazing 108-yard kickoff return, and then Arthur Jones sacked San Francisco’s quarterback, Colin Kaepernick, most of the lights in the Superdome went out. The 49ers side of the field went completely dark.

At that point, the Baltimore Ravens were leading the San Francisco 49ers 28-6 in Super Bowl XLVII.  But the game was forced into a delay that took more than a half hour.

Up until this moment, Super Bowl week in New Orleans had gone very well. The Big Easy was hosting its first Super Bowl since 2002, the first time since Hurricane Katrina devastated the city in 2005. Mayor Landrieu told a YouWager news source, “In the coming days, I expect a full after-action report from all parties involved.”

Almost immediately, conspiracy theories were circulating on the Internet. One local Saints fan, alluding to the league’s punishment against the Saints, in their Bountygate scandal, posted a heading on Facebook that read, “Karma, Mr. Goodell!”

Imagine how crazy things might have gone if Baltimore had lost, after the players waited for 34 minutes to get back on the field. As Superdome crews struggled to find the problem, players tried to relax. When the game was able to continue, Baltimore barely managed to win 34-31 as the 49ers rallied in the second half. “It just took us longer to lose,” San Francisco linebacker Ahmad Brooks said.

A top NFL analyst at YouWager points out that this is not the first time this has happened. And it’s not the first time it has happened to the San Francisco 49ers. In the 2011 NFL football wagering season, the 49ers dealt with two power outages in a Monday night game against the Pittsburgh Steelers in Candlestick Park.

Nearly two hours after the Super Bowl, stadium staff in New Orleans told YouWager’s source that an “abnormality in the power system” set off an automatic shutdown. But they were not sure exactly why. An official statement from Entergy New Orleans, which provides the power to the Superdome, and SMG, which operates the stadium, put it this way: “A piece of equipment that is designed to monitor electrical load sensed an abnormality in the system. Once the issue was detected, the sensing equipment operated as designed and opened a breaker, causing power to be partially cut to the Superdome in order to isolate the issue. Entergy and SMG will continue to investigate the root cause of the abnormality.”

Many of YouWager’s football bettors felt the delay turned what had been a blowout into a close contest. Baltimore running back Ray Rice said, “I’m just glad we were able to finish the game and be world champions.”