SMA Addresses the Super Bowl Power Outage

Stadium officials address blackout at Mercedes-Benz Superdome

  • by VT Staff
  • Published: February 6, 2013

REPORTING FROM MIAMI  — When the lights went out for 22 minutes during Super Bowl XLVII, many of the nation's stadium managers were watching the game together, as part of the Stadium Managers Association conference in Miami. 

The annual gathering of GMs and team executives for America's largest baseball, football and collegiate stadiums happens every year around the Super Bowl, and this year's images of a half-lit Mercedes-Benz Superdome became a talking point during the five-day summit. Venues Today Staff Writer Jessica Boudevin collected some of these comments from this year's attendees.

"My concern is to make sure we could recover. We had emergency generators come on so there was emergency lighting. Another concern was the elevators in the building. What's the status of those elevators? We were able to get those elevators to the ground except for one, elevator seven, which had some people stuck in it. So we had the fire department rescue them and get that elevator to the ground."

Jeffrey Miller, VP and chief Security officer, NFL

"I think we've all been through something like that. We knew that they had to wait for the lights to cool down and that it would take a while, but that they would get everything back up and running. I think we all felt for those guys."

Tony Pereira, senior director of Ballpark Operations at Safeco Field in Seattle. 

"It's so important to have two separate feeds capable of carrying 100 percent of the load, and it has to be periodically tested. It's all about periodic maintenance, periodic maintenance, periodic maintenance. But in order to do what I described, you better plan on spending $25,000-$50,000 a year."

— Jeffrey Hansen, Customer Business manager at Milwaukee Brewers-Miller Park

"Fans stayed calm. It wasn't a big deal from a fan perspective. The funny thing about it is that now with social media and internet access, the amount of data consumed by our fans when the power was down was double the amount of data that was consumed at any other point in the game. So now people can at least keep themselves amused a bit, so it's less about people being angry and wondering what's going on."

— Jeffrey Miller, VP and chief Security officer, NFL

  • by VT Staff
  • Published: February 6, 2013