Entergy New Orleans spokesman Philip Allison said: “We don’t know a whole lot. It actually was not our issue. We were providing service as usual to the dome. We had power flowing to the dome. The issue was on the Superdome’s side.” An NFL official told The Sun that the halftime show was likely a factor in the outage.
A NFL spokesman said: "Stadium authorities are investigating the cause of the power outage. We will have more information as it becomes available."
CBS Sports said that after the power failure in the Superdome, the network lost numerous cameras and some audio powered by sources in the Superdome.
"We utilized CBS’s back-up power and at no time did we leave the air." Jennifer Sabatelle, Vice President of Communications of CBS Sports. "During the interruption, CBS Sports’ Steve Tasker, Solomon Wilcots and our studio team reported on the situation as a breaking news story, providing updates and reports while full power was being restored to the dome including our sets and broadcast booth. All commercial commitments during the broadcast are being honored.”
Moments after Baltimore's Jacoby Jones opened the second half with a Super Bowl record 109-yard kickoff return for a touchdown, the scoreboard and half of the overheard lights in the Superdome went out.
During the delay, players could be seen stretching along the sidelines, quarterbacks were throwing balls and cheerleaders were going through routines.
The Super Bowl, which determines the National Football League champions for the 2012 season, is broadcast live in more than 180 countries and in more than 30 different languages.
The NFL has not commented on what caused the outage in the 72,968-seat dome.