You read that headline right. A power outage at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana has delayed the 2013 Super Bowl between the Baltimore Ravens and San Francisco 49ers. The CBS announcers suddenly cut off and then the lights went out at the Superdome.
The power company says it wasn't them.
Power issue at the Super Dome appears to be in the customer's side. Entergy is providing power to the Dome.— Entergy New Orleans (@EntergyNOLA) February 4, 2013
This made John Harbaugh very angry.
The word unbelievable is fitting here. The power went out during the country's most-watched television program. The lights went out in what was roughly half the stadium, with the other half of the lights taking up to 20 minutes to come back on.
The CBS announcers had no audio so they went to Steve Tasker, the sideline reporter, and Solomon Wilcots, before sending it back to James Brown and the studio team.
Here are a few reactions to the power outage:
Holy crap. Power out?— Brad Wells (BBS) (@StampedeBlue) February 4, 2013
What the f*** just happened?— The Falcoholic (@TheFalcoholic) February 4, 2013
Turn out the lights -- literally -- because this one's over.— Pride Of Detroit (@PrideOfDetroit) February 4, 2013
Well, I had the power goes out on my Super Bowl drinking game checklist. Time to chug.— The Falcoholic (@TheFalcoholic) February 4, 2013
Well, Candlestick Park off the hook for most embarrassing NFL power outage— Niners Nation (@NinersNation) February 4, 2013
New Orleans had planned on starting their next bid for a Super Bowl tomorrow.May want to wait a day or so.— Kevin Nogle (@thephinsider) February 4, 2013
The Ravens' response was perhaps the best:
That was weird.— Baltimore Ravens (@Ravens) February 4, 2013
And a few pictures of the great power outage of Super Bowl 2013: