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State officials warned of possible power issues at Superdome

Memo from mid-October raised issues Brad Biggs

Print This February 05, 2013, 09:35 AM EST
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New Orleans plans to make a bid to host the Super Bowl again in 2018.

Long before then, city officials should have a grasp on exactly why power failed during the third quarter of Super Bowl XLVII on Sunday.

What is interesting is that the Associated Press reports just 3 ½ months before the game, state officials warned in a memo that there was a “chance of failure” for power in the stadium. According to the report, tests run on electrical feeders that connect outside utility lines to the stadium “showed decay.” Furthermore, the power company Entergy New Orleans and the engineering staff at the Superdome itself “had concerns regarding the reliability” of the connection point for power to the stadium.

Work that cost nearly $1 million was conducted in December to address some issues and it was not an issue during Saints home games or the Sugar Bowl. It is expected to take at least a few more days to trace the specific nature of the problem. Hopefully then all of the issues discovered can be resolved.

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Brad Biggs covers the Bears for the Chicago Tribune


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