Energy Upgrade Blamed for Super Blackout

Energy Upgrade Blamed for Super Blackout

The power failure that plunged the Super Bowl into darkness and halted play for more than a half-hour Sunday was caused by a device installed specifically to prevent a blackout.

Entergy New Orleans, the company that supplies power to the Superdome, announced Friday that the device, called a relay, had been installed in switching gear to protect the Superdome from a cable failure between the company’s incoming power line and the lines that run into the stadium.


The device, which Entergy officials said had performed with no trouble during last month’s Sugar Bowl and other events, has since been removed and will be replaced.

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