Lights won’t cause an issue at Candlestick

by Donny on January 16, 2012

The San Francisco 49ers are only one game away from the Super Bowl. Now as they get set to host the New York Giants in the NFC Championship game, the two teams won’t be the only ones keeping their fingers crossed. Pacific Gas and Electric Company will be OK with the teams playing lights out as long as the lights don’t actually go out during the game again.

On December 19, the Niners hosted the Pittsburgh Steelers and just moments prior to kickoff, the lights at Candlestick Park shut off and delayed the start of kickoff. It later happened again, although not for long.

It was a win on the field for San Francisco, but off the field, not so much. In fact, PG&E responded pouring nearly one million dollars into the stadium to avoid future blackouts. Workers replaced the main power line and installed new power poles and cross bars.

The stadium’s main power line is made up of three small wires connected via overhead poles. The theory about why the power went out that Monday night is that moisture corroded metal on the power line, forcing it to snap and turn off the lights.

Candlestick Park has a backup system which worked that night, but after the lights are turned off, it usually takes about 20-25 minutes for them to come back on which explains the delay.

One might be led to believe this could serve as an advantage for the 49ers but the lights at the Giants stadium also went out during a game in 2010, so doing this intentionally won’t exactly serve as a benefit, not to mention, they won’t play in the dark.

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