Thursday night’s game between the Tampa Bay Rays and Los Angeles Angels at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg went into a delay due to a power outage.
The game was in the bottom of the fourth inning and Angels pitcher Tyler Skaggs was facing Travis d’Arnaud with one out, nobody on, and an 0-2 count. The TV feed on Fox Sports West abruptly cut off as the game went into a delay. Here’s what it looked like in the stadium as cell phones lit up the Trop:
Never before have I seen anything quite like this. Complete power outage here at Tropicana Field. Still delay. Dugout still without power to see video. pic.twitter.com/bqkvaV5kXd
Lights turned on in the stadium about 20-30 minutes later and the managers met to discuss how things would proceed. The game picked back up about 30-35 minutes after the delay, right where it left off. Skaggs returned to pitch for the Angels despite the delay and retired d’Arnaud and Willy Adames to end the inning.
Right around the time the Baltimore Ravens turned the lights out on the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl XLVII, the lights went out on both teams.
A power outage at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans caused a delay in the game that lasted for over 30 minutes. The delay came after Ravens defensive tackle Arthur Jones tripped 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick for a sack on a second-and-seven play in the third quarer. Jones kissed his arm after recording the sack, almost as if he were attempting a version of “Kaepernicking.”
You may recall that the 49ers endured a power outage in a game last season. They were hosting the Pittsburgh Steelers on “Monday Night Football” when the lights went out at Candlestick Park.
CBS’ Steve Tasker reported that an outside source providing power to the stadium went out, causing the outage. It was also reported that all the power supplied for the halftime show led to the outage.
Here was the official statement from the Superdome after the game:
“Shortly after the beginning of the second half of the Super Bowl, a piece of equipment that is designed to monitor electrical load sensed an abnormality in the system. Once the issue was detected, the sensing equipment operated as designed and opened a breaker, causing power to be partially cut to the Superdome in order to isolate the issue.”
The start to the Steelers-49ers game Monday night was delayed because of a power outage caused when a transformer blew up outside the stadium. There was another delay in the second quarter when the backup source went out. Both delays were extremely embarrassing, and Steelers safety Ryan Clarkhas a theory about the power outages.
“I just feel like San Francisco took a big stage to show the NFL and to show the state of California that they needed a new stadium. I think it was a very strategic move and Candlestick may be no more very soon,” Clark said.
The 49ers recently secured funding to begin construction on a new stadium in Santa Clara, which they’re hoping to open in 2015. If you believe in conspiracy theories like Clark, then this quote will support your argument.
“We do know that Candlestick was the only customer affected by this outage,” said Joe Molica, a spokesman for Pacific Gas & Electric Co.
So there was a monster power outage that only affected Candlestick Park? And it happened on the only Monday Night Football game the 49ers hosted? Maybe Clark, who’s never one to hide his feelings, is on to something.