On Saturday (just a day before the Super Bowl), the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy was doing a little chest thumping and self promotion.
While the Baltimore Ravens and San Francisco 49ers compete to hoist the Vince Lombardi trophy this weekend, eco-friendly fans and city leaders in New Orleans are competing to maximize sustainability practices to the fullest.
To make this the greenest Super Bowl, the New Orleans Host Committee has partnered with fans and the community to offset energy use across the major Super Bowl venues. The exterior of the Mercedes-Benz Superdome features more than 26,000 LED lights on 96 full-color graphic display panels, designed to wash the building in a spectrum of animated colors, patterns and images. The system draws only 10 kilowatts of electricity -- equivalent to the amount of energy used by a small home -- and the lights are expected to last for many years before needing replacement.
On Super Bowl Sunday, only minutes into the third quarter, the funniest thing happened.
. . . The lights went out!
Oh, the symbolism. Oh, the hilarity. They "washed" the exterior of The Dome with lights, but apparently no one thought to check the lights on the inside? Impressive! You can't beat the efficiency of a comprehensive government subsidized program! Fortunately it only took them 32 minutes to find the fuse box, and the game continued!