Sunday, February 3, 2013

Power Outage delays Super Bowl - Smell of Gas in Elevator #8 - espn.go

Power Outage due to "Smell of Gas" in Elevator with a possible fire.

"The New Orleans fire department was called to investigate a smell of gas near the Superdome's elevator No. 8, New Orleans police Sgt. T.J. St. Pierre said. There was no fire, police said, but the elevator was stalled on the seventh floor. The fire department tried to pry open the elevator from the basement, and it resumed operation after the power returned." - espn.go.com

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Updated: February 3, 2013, 11:08 PM ET
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NEW ORLEANS -- Power went out at the Superdome early in the third quarter of Super Bowl XLVII, leading to a 34-minute delay with the Baltimore Ravens leading the San Francisco 49ers 28-6 on Sunday night.
Police officials said too much electricity was being pumped into the 73,000-seat Superdome, causing a surge, and it took time to return power to the building.
Auxiliary power kept the playing field from going totally dark, but escalators stopped working and the concourses were only illuminated by small banks of lights tied in to emergency service.
Engineers for the Superdome and power company Entergy New Orleans are investigating what caused the surge "so it doesn't happen again," said Chad Wilken, operations manager at the Superdome.
Lights Out
AP Photo/Marcio Sanchez The majority of lights went out in the Superdome during the Super Bowl, causing a 34-minute delay.

"Power has been restored," said Eric Eagan, a Superdome spokesman. "We sincerely apologize for the incident."
The New Orleans fire department was called to investigate a smell of gas near the Superdome's elevator No. 8, New Orleans police Sgt. T.J. St. Pierre said. There was no fire, police said, but the elevator was stalled on the seventh floor. The fire department tried to pry open the elevator from the basement, and it resumed operation after the power returned.
"Stadium authorities are investigating the cause of the power outage," the NFL said in a statement. "We will have information as it becomes available."
Philip Allison, a spokesman for Entergy New Orleans, said power had been flowing into the stadium before the lights failed.
"All of our distribution and transmission feeds going into the Superdome were operating as expected," Allison said.
The majority of lights failed shortly after Jacoby Jones returned the opening kickoff of the second half for a touchdown.
During the outage, the public address announcer said the Superdome was experiencing an interruption of electrical service and encouraged fans to stay in their seats. Some fans did the wave to pass the time.
The teams remained on the field, with players stretching and trying to stay warmed up, including the Ravens' Joe Flacco and Ed Reed. Cheerleaders kept going through their routines.
Officials gathered on the field and appeared to be talking to stadium personnel. Finally, the lights came back on throughout the stadium, which appeared to have been operating on auxiliary power. Play finally resumed with 13:22 left in the third quarter.
"What's the odds of this happening? That New Orleans voodoo," Vikings running back Adrian Peterson wrote on Twitter.
Next year's Super Bowl almost certainly will be played in cold weather at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey.
In the wake of recent criticism of a cold-weather Super Bowl, MetLife Stadium's official Twitter account tweeted: "Many people are concerned about the weather for next year's Super Bowl. 35 degrees with lights is better than 70 in darkness!"
New Orleans was once a regular in the Super Bowl rotation and hopes to regain that status. Earlier in the week, the host committee announced it will bid on the 2018 Super Bowl, which would coincide with the 300th anniversary of the city's founding.
The 38-year-old Superdome has undergone $336 million in renovations since Katrina ripped its roof in 2005. Billions have been spent sprucing up downtown, the airport, French Quarter and other areas of the city in the past seven years.
Information from ESPN.com's Pat Yasinskas and The Associated Press was used in this report.

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UTILITY BLAMES OUTAGE ON STADIUM
A spokesman for the utility that provides power to the Superdome says the outage began because equipment maintained by stadium staff failed.
Philip Allison, a spokesman for Entergy New Orleans, says power was flowing into the stadium before the lights failed.
"All of our distribution and transmission feeds going into the Superdome were operating as expected," Allison said.
Several banks of arena lights went out and the CBS broadcast audio went silent as power went out in the telecasters' booth.
Auxiliary power kept the playing field from going totally dark, but escalators stopped working and the concourses were only illuminated by small banks of lights tied in to emergency service.
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2 hours ago
New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu called the power outage "an unfortunate moment in what has been an otherwise shining Super Bowl week for the city of New Orleans." "In the coming days, I expect a full after-action report ...
11 hours ago
NEW ORLEANS -- Power went out at the Superdome early in the third quarter of Super Bowl XLVII, leading to a 34-minute delay with the Baltimore Ravens leading the San Francisco 49ers 28-6 on Sunday night.
13 hours ago
We apparently have a power outage at the Super Dome during the Super Bowl tonight. The announcers went out, as did half the lights. CBS went right to commercial. Moving back to a live broadcast now at 8:40 Central.