EnerNex was retained by the New York/New Jersey Super Bowl Host Committee to do an independent assessment of the efforts by Public Service Enterprise Group (PSE&G) and the MetLife Stadium to prepare for Super Bowl XLVIII in 2014. The game was the first Super Bowl to be hosted in a winter climate, on the heels of the 2013 Super Bowl in New Orleans where a power outage in the Superdome suspended play.
EnerNex evaluated the following areas:
- Utility supply network
- Local distribution system
- Stadium complex
- Various power system upgrades and contingency plans
- Protective relaying of the complex for possible deficiencies or improvements to the power coordination
- Stadium lighting systems
- Use of generator back-up for critical systems
We identified “areas of vulnerability” where increased patrols were needed to minimize the possibility of a local fault causing a disruption of such a marquee event.