Superdome officials warned of a possible power outage months before the Super Bowl, and hurried to replace some equipment, according to multiple reports.
An Oct. 15 memo released by the Louisiana Stadium & Exposition District said tests on the venue's electrical feeders showed "some decay and a chance of failure." Entergy New Orleans, the company that supplies power to the stadium, and the structure's engineering staff "had concerns regarding the reliability of the Dome service from Entergy's connection point to the Dome," the memo said.
The cause of Sunday's 34-minute, third-quarter power outage is still being investigated. The blackout was embarrassing for New Orleans, though officials said the incident wouldn't damage the city's chances of hosting the championship again.
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell seemed to concur.
"I fully expect that we will be back here for Super Bowls," he said.