Utility blames city for Candlestick Park blackout

Utility blames city for Candlestick Park blackout

By Barry Miller. CREATED Dec 20, 2011

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The utility that serves Candlestick Park is blaming San Francisco-owned equipment for the first of two embarrassing power failures during Monday Night Football.
 
The nationally televised game between the 49ers and the Pittsburgh Steelers was delayed twice because of the outages. The Oakland Raiders even offered to make their stadium available if needed. The 49ers won 20-3 after the game eventually resumed.
 
Jason King, a spokesman for Pacific Gas & Electric, said Tuesday an "auto-transfer switch" failed to do its job. The equipment is supposed to switch power to an alternate circuit when another fails.
 
King says PG&E is looking into why the first circuit failed.
 
PG&E also is investigating the cause of the second blackout.
 
San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee's office didn't immediately return a call for comment.