PHOENIX — NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said Monday that the power failure that caused a 34-minute delay during the third quarter of Super Bowl XLVII won’t have an impact on New Orleans hosting future games.
Speaking at a news conference to kick off the owners meetings, Goodell said the power outage that caused the Mercedes-Benz Superdome to go partially dark during the Feb. 3 matchup between the Baltimore Ravens and San Francisco 49ers will not have an effect on bringing the game back.
Greater New Orleans Sports Foundation officials have said they’ll bid on the 2018 Super Bowl, which would coincide with the 300th anniversary of the city’s founding
Goodell said he mentioned to the owners how good a job New Orleans did in staging its first Super Bowl since 2001, its first since Hurricane Katrina ravaged the city in 2005. Goodell said he hadn’t had any direct conversations with officials from SMG, the firm that manages the Superdome, but believes the problem has been pinpointed and is satisfied it will be resolved.
He said New Orleans, which is tied with South Florida for the most Super Bowl games with 10, “deserves” another game.
“They’ve been able to source back to where the problem came: in some kind of switch quite a ways away from the dome,” Goodell said. “I don’t think it will have any impact at all on the Super Bowl and New Orleans’ hopes for getting another one.
“They did a great job,” he added. “I mentioned that this morning to our membership, and I think they deserve another Super Bowl.”
Goodell echoed what he had said the morning after the game.
“The most important thing is to make sure people understand it was a fantastic week here,” he said. “This will not affect our view about the success of the game here in New Orleans. ... I fully expect we’ll be back here for Super Bowls. We want to be back here.”
The Ravens held a 28-6 lead with 13:22 left in the third quarter when half of the lights in the Superdome went out. Electrical power was lost in the press box, and the scoreboards also went out. Once power was restored, the rest of the game went off without a hitch, and the Ravens held on for a 34-31 win.
Next year’s Super Bowl will be played in New Jersey with Arizona hosting in 2015. Super Bowl L in 2016 is expected to go to Miami or San Francisco, with the loser vying with Houston for the 2017 game.