Two power outages delay Giants game for 12 minutes

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Two separate power outages triggered by a blown transformer outside New Meadowlands Stadium delayed the Giants-Cowboys game by a total of 12 minutes last night. The second sent the stadium into total darkness for a few seconds in the third quarter, causing play to stop for eight minutes and knocking out the Fox telecast for 10 minutes.

Other than the stoppages on the field, no extra security measures were needed.

"The system worked as designed," New Meadowlands Stadium CEO Mark Lamping said. "You never want to have a power problem, but the system worked."

One play into the third quarter - just before 6 p.m. - a transformer at the New Jersey Sports substation blew out, causing a large bank of lights that illuminate the field to go dark. One of two main power feeders to the stadium was out, so the power automatically switched fully to the second feeder and the game, after a three-minute delay, continued.

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At 6:11, the entire stadium went dark for five seconds when the second feeder inadvertently switched off. Emergency lights came on and the game was halted for eight minutes. The players milled around on the field before referee Bill Leavy sent the teams to the sidelines; at 6:19, play resumed for one Giants play, then was halted again because the Fox telecast had not resumed.

"The stadium responded very well," Giants co-owner Steve Tisch said. "Nobody panicked, nobody seemed upset. It came together very, very quickly."

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