New Orleans was once a regular in the Super Bowl rotation and hopes to regain that status. Earlier in the week, the host committee announced it will bid on the 2018 Super Bowl, which would coincide with the 300th anniversary of the city’s founding.
The 38-year-old Superdome has undergone $336 million in renovations since Katrina ripped its roof in 2005. Billions have been spent sprucing up downtown, the airport, French Quarter and other areas of the city in the past seven years.
‘‘Everything shut down,’’ said Carl Trinchero, a 49ers fan from Napa, Calif., who was in the Superdome. ‘‘No credit cards, vending machines shut down, everything shut down.’’
Trinchero said it may have affected the momentum of the game but, given that the Ravens survived the 49ers comeback, ‘‘it didn’t affect the outcome.’’
Joked Doug Cook, a Ravens fan from New Orleans: ‘‘They didn’t pay the light bill.’’
Still, he admitted to a fleeting fear when the lights went out.
‘‘I started thinking it was a terrorist attack. I was a little nervous,’’ he said.
In the French Quarter, fans didn’t appear much concerned with the power outage or delay in play.
‘‘If we can blame Beyonce for lip syncing, we can blame her for the power outage,’’ said Gary Cimperman of Slidell, La., with a laugh as he watched the second half of the game from a bar. ‘‘Or maybe Sean Payton called in the outage, bounty get part two.’’
Even out-of-towners seemed to be taking the outage in stride.
‘‘So we had to spend 30 minutes in the dark? That was just more time for fans to refill their drinks,’’ said Amanda Black of Columbus, Miss.
AP Sports Writer Brett Martel and Associated Press writer Brian Schwaner in New Orleans contributed to this story.
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