As the lights went out in New Orleans, it was right to work for Shane Conner and his team at local company ATEC, Inc.
“As soon as the power dropped, all of us just kind of looked at each other, and then we were off and running,” Conner said.
Conner’s team have been in New Orleans as contractors. They were in charge of installing and maintaining all of the extra phones needed during the Super Bowl. Conner said he got the job because of his work during last year’s Super Bowl here at home.
“Last year was by far the biggest event I’ve ever done. That gave me the experience to be (in New Orleans) and I believe our performance last year is why they wanted us down here this year,” Conner said.
Power company Entergy blamed the outage on a machine that monitors abnormalities in the system, then cuts down power to accomodate. It’s still unclear exactly what the abnormality was that caused the Super Dome blackout.
Conner wasn’t in charge of the stadium’s lights, but as an electrician, he thinks the outage could’ve been avoided.
“In the end, (their explanation) does make absolute sense. However, I believe proper planning could’ve decreased the likelihood of that ever happening,” Conner said.
The good news for Conner was that his backup generators kept the phones from going down during the outage. He’s been running into other Indiana businesses down in New Orleans, saying the Indianapolis Super Bowl success has driven success for small businesses like his as well.
“Indianapolis was definitely ready for the Super Bowl and that’s why it went (on) without a hiccup,” Conner said.