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UTILITY BLAMES OUTAGE ON STADIUM

Sunday - 2/3/2013, 10:37pm  ET

A power outage affects about half the lights in the Superdome during the second half of the NFL Super Bowl XLVII football game between the San Francisco 49ers and the Baltimore Ravens, Sunday, Feb. 3, 2013, in New Orleans. (AP Photo/Dave Martin)

The Associated Press

A spokesman for the utility that provides power to the Superdome says the outage began because equipment maintained by stadium staff failed.

Philip Allison, a spokesman for Entergy New Orleans, says power was flowing into the stadium before the lights failed.

"All of our distribution and transmission feeds going into the Superdome were operating as expected," Allison said.

Several banks of arena lights went out and the CBS broadcast audio went silent as power went out in the telecasters' booth.

Auxiliary power kept the playing field from going totally dark, but escalators stopped working and the concourses were only illuminated by small banks of lights tied in to emergency service.

-- Paul Newberry -- http://twitter.com/pnewberry1963

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