Despite the popular rumor that Beyoncé’s halftime show caused the 35-minute power outage during the second half of the Super Bowl, the NFL finds no connection between the two, Reuters reports. The NFL has been working with the city of New Orleans to find the reason why the lights went out at the Superdome, but NFL commissioner Roger Goodell eliminated the pop star’s theatrics as the culprit.
“There’s no indication at all that this was caused by the halftime show,” Goodell stated. “I know that’s out there, that Beyonce’s halftime show had something to do with it. That is not the case from anything we have at this point.”
The utility company providing power to the Superdome said that their feeders were serving the stadium throughout the outage. Doug Thorton, the senior vice president of the Superdome’s management company, pointed to “an abnormality” with the Superdome’s power system but added that it was “too early” to speculate on specifics.