If you would’ve told me the 49ers would not only make it to the playoffs in 2011 but have one of the best records in the NFL, I would’ve taken both you and Mike Singletary to an exorcist. Now that the red and gold are set to make a legitimate run to the Super Bowl, PG&E says they are committed to make sure the lights don’t go out on our dreams.
As previously reported, on the night of January 14 during a nationally televised Monday Night Football game against the Steelers, two power outages occurred: one just minutes before the game at around 5:20pm and another at around 6:45pm during the second quarter.
While Mayor Ed Lee did issue a statement saying SF accepted responsibility for the second outage, caused by a malfunctioning switch on the backup power system inside the stadium, the first outage was reportedly caused by a splice failure, which PG&E takes full responsibility for.
That switch, as well as the original splice and six others have been replaced. As the Chron reports, in a sweeping statement by PG&E’s Anthony Earley Jr, who recounted to the paper the embarrassment he felt when the lights went off in Candlestick twice that night, the stadium will never have another power outage again.
Said Earley to the Chron “It was one of the most embarrassing moments of my career — I was literally walking into the owner’s suite and the lights went out.”
Earley tells the paper that inspections, repairs, and changes to the ‘Stick’s power line should help make sure the Niners stay well lit.