NFL to do power study before the next Super Bowl
At a special event recently, on a grand stage that resembled a football stadium, Roger Goodell, the Commissioner of the National Football League, spoke to all the owners of the teams in the NFL. Then, according to a YouWager news source, right in the middle of the Commissioner’s speech, the lights went out.
It took a few minutes before some people got the joke. People were still laughing when the lights came back on, YouWager’s source reported.
No one was laughing when the lights were off for 34 minutes in the last Super Bowl, of course, and the National Football League is taking that public embarrassment very seriously. So seriously, in fact, that the league has announced it will do an advance study to prevent any possible problems before the final contest of the 2013 NFL football wagering season.
For the first time ever, the league will run a complete simulation to be able to study the electrical power needed to run a Super Bowl. Frank Supovitz, senior vice president of events for the NFL, told YouWager’s source, “We want to understand how the power shifts between venues. We have to figure out how much power we will use, where it goes, and when.”
The 34 minutes of darkness during the Super Bowl in New Orleans was traced to a bad relay switch outside of the stadium. Supovitz told YouWager’s source that the relay switch malfunctioned or was improperly calibrated. That investigation is still underway. The league is working with the local utility company in New Jersey, Public Service Electric and Gas Co., and with the New Jersey Sports & Exposition Authority, which manages the Meadowlands Sports Complex, to manage the simulation. This will involve trucking in enormous devices called resisters, that Supovitz explained will“eat power.” The test, with the draining resisters, will allow the area to draw the kind of power it will use during the biggest event of the football betting season, without actually turning on the lights.
The NFL will have a large area to cover beyond the stadium in New Jersey. All of the hosts. The Izod Center will be hosting parties, the league will host a tailgate event at Meadowlands Racetrack, the Giants training center will host receptions, and, MetLife Stadium will host all of the NFL football wagering fans, and the game itself.
Supovitz told YouWager’s source, “We are going to account for every amp for the first time.” He did not reveal a date for when the power simulation will take place.