Entergy New Orleans officials said the device — a relay — had been installed in switching gear in the lead-up to the Feb. 3 game as a means of protecting the Superdome from cable failures between incoming and stadium power lines, Associated Press reports. In short: It didn’t work, and company officials accepted blame for the outage, AP continued.
The Super Bowl’s power failure spanned 34 minutes, and halted play, AP said.
The relay had been working well during January games at the Superdome, company officials said, in the AP report. Entergy’s finding was announced just before company spokespeople were due to answer questions about the outage from City Council committee members, AP said.
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