NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- The Super Bowl was delayed because of a power outage Sunday, plunging parts of the Superdome into darkness and leading to a 34-minute delay in the biggest game of the year. The Baltimore Ravens were leading the San Francisco 49ers 28-6 when most of the lights in the 73,000-seat building went out with 13:22 left in the third quarter.
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.
Players milled around on the sidelines, some took a seat on the bench, other on the field. A few of the Ravens threw footballs around.
A spokesman for the New Orleans power company said the outage appeared to originate in a failure of equipment maintained by stadium staff.