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Power Company Blames Outage on Super Overload

Feb 4, 2013

Adam H. Beasley

Sun Life Stadium isn't modern enough to host another Super Bowl, advocates of a tax-dollar-funded renovation argue.

Well, at least they can keep the lights on in Miami Gardens.

In an unspeakable embarrassment for the Superdome and the NFL, power failed early in the third quarter, stopping the country's most-watched game for more than a half-hour.

And according to the power company -- Entergy New Orleans -- it was an issue on the stadium's end.

"Power issue at the [Superdome] appears to be in the customer's side," the utility posted on its Twitter account during the stoppage. "Entergy is providing power to the Dome."

Eric Eagan, a spokesman for the Superdome, "sincerely" apologized for the outage in a written statement.

The league also released a statement during the game: "Stadium authorities are investigating the cause of the power outage. We will have more information as it becomes available."

Sunday's game was the first Super Bowl held in New Orleans since Hurricane Katrina ravaged the stadium in 2005.

The Superdome needed $193 million in repairs, then in 2011 underwent an $85 million renovation that "completely modernized the facility."

Apparently not. The 38-year-old building is far behind many of the league's sleek, new stadiums.

Plus, the NFL has in recent years rewarded cities that build modern facilities with the Super Bowl.

The championship game will be held in New Jersey's new Met Life Stadium next year, the first time a cold-weather, open-air complex will host the event.

That has been the rationale behind the Dolphins' push for public help with its planned $400 million renovation.

Dolphins owner Stephen Ross has pledged to pay for more than half of the work, but is looking for roughly $199 million in help from both the state and Miami-Dade County.

Pickoff Artist

Ed Reed waited 11 seasons for his first taste of the Super Bowl.

He didn't even need to wait two quarters to make a play he will remember forever.

Reed, the former UM safety who grew up 20 minutes north of the Superdome, picked off Niners quarterback Colin Kaepernick late in the first half on a poorly thrown ball.

It was Reed's ninth postseason interception in his career, tying him for most in NFL history. And it was probably one of Reed's easiest picks on any level.

Randy Moss was the intended receiver, but Kaepernick's pass floated, and Reed was the only one in the area when it returned to earth.

For Reed's career, he has 61 regular-season interceptions for 1,541 yards -- the most in NFL history.

This and that

Asa Jackson Omar Brown Chris Johnson Adrian Hamilton Ramon Harewood Deonte Thompson Bryan Hall

Scott Tolzien Trenton Robinson Jewel Hampton Cam Johnson Tony Jerod-Eddie Joe Looney Ian Williams

--Pregame performances included the Southern University Human Juke Box, Jennifer Hudson and the Sandy Hook Elementary Chorus singing America the Beautiful, and Alicia Keys with the national anthem -- at a laborious 2 1/2 minutes.

-- Beyonce handled the much-anticipated halftime show, reuniting with former groupmates Destiny's Child.

-- Alex Smith, the Niners quarterback benched in favor of Kaepernick, was one of five captains for San Francisco.

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