Beyonce performs during the half-time show of the NFL Super
Bowl XLVII football game in New Orleans, Louisiana.
The National Football League is still working with New
Orleans officials to determine what caused the power outage at
the Super Bowl at the Superdome, so far dismissing any
connection with the Beyonce halftime show.
With a record U.S. television audience watching along with
viewers in 180 countries, about half the stadium lights went
dark early in the second half of the game, in which the
Baltimore Ravens defeated the San Francisco 49ers, 34-31.
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell told reporters an
investigation was under way to determine the cause of the
35-minute disruption but one possible explanation had already
"There's no indication at all that this was caused by the
halftime show," Goodell said. "I know that's out there, that
Beyonce's halftime show had something to do with it. That is
not the case from anything we have at this point."
Entergy Corp, the utility providing power to the Superdome,
said its distribution and transmission feeders were serving
the Superdome at all times.
Early indications were that the outage resulted from an
abnormality in the Superdome's power system but it was too
early to speculate on what went wrong, said Doug Thornton,
senior vice president of the Superdome's management company,
A piece of equipment designed to monitor electrical load
sensed an abnormality in the system where the Superdome
equipment intersects with Entergy's feed into the building,
triggering an automatic cut in power, SMG and Entergy said in
a joint statement.
There was never any concern the power could not be restored,
but it took time because of the size of the stadium and the
complexities of the power system, Thornton said.
"We had people in place that could quickly work to restore
power. We had experts on site, as we normally do when we have
big events like this, our electrician, our electrical
consultants were there and we were able to quickly work on
that," Thornton said.
"There were no injuries, people remained calm, we had a
pre-programmed announcement that was actually played. These
are things that we actually drilled for."
None of the players or coaches said the stoppage had any
impact on the game, and Goodell said the power problem would
not adversely affect future bids by New Orleans to stage the
Super Bowl, the United States' most-watched sports event.
"I fully expect that we will be back here for Super Bowls,"
Goodell said. "I hope we will be back. We want to be back ...
I don't think this will have any impact at all on what I
think will be remembered for one of the greatest Super Bowl