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Blackout: Power Outage Halts Giants-Cowboys Game

November 14, 2010

The National Football League’s costliest venue temporarily went black Sunday evening, blanketing thee stadium in darkness and briefly delaying football match-up between the New York Giants and Dallas Cowboys.

Reports from the $1.6 billion New Meadlowlands Stadium — which just opened earlier this year — indicated a blown transformer in the third quarter. During the initial outage, a few banks of lights went out, but just a few minutes later, the entire stadium went dark.

Power was completely out for a few seconds, leading to a surreal experience for both players and fans, neither of whom knew what was going on. According to Ralph Vacchiano of the New York Daily News, there were fights in the stands during the outage. When the lights slowly began turning back on, the public address announcer informed fans of the problem and asked them to stay calm. …

Even after power was restored, there were remnants of the outage. The referee‘s microphone did not work and FOX’s on-screen graphics were temporarily disabled. There was no on-screen overlay of the score, leaving viewers confused as to the score and time remaining. (What did we ever do back in the dark ages before the presence of the score?)

The total game delay lasted for just 12 minutes.  At press time, the Cowboys led the Giants 33-20 with just over five minutes left to play.

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