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MetLife Stadium Passes Power Test for Super Bowl

MetLife Stadium has passed a power test in preparation for the 2014 Super Bowl, according to an Associated Press article, as the NFL hopes to avoid a repeat of the 2013 Super Bowl’s power outage at the New Orleans Superdome that delayed the game a half hour.

A recent test of electrical systems at the Meadowlands sports complex in East Rutherford, N.J., was successful, excepting a few minor issues, said Al Kelly, head of the host committee for the Super Bowl. The test was conducted on a recent weekend when both the New York Giants and the New York Jets were playing road games.

All of the complex’s buildings were powered up at the same time to simulate conditions for the Super Bowl. Other tests were conducted as well.

Kelly has held numerous meetings with Public Service Electric & Gas, which provides power to the Meadowlands, and he said safeguards have been put in place, including replacing some equipment and adding others, planning for bringing in additional generators and adding extra security to guard against the possibility of sabotage.

According to officials, about half of MetLife Stadium’s 25,000-plus parking spaces will be taken up by security personnel and equipment, and organizers are encouraging fans to take trains or buses to the event.

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