Dodger Stadium Loses Power for Second Time in a Month

August 30, 2018

By Erik Linask - Group Editorial Director

For the second time in a month, Dodger Stadium experienced a power outage while a game progress.  Late last month, power went out while the Dodgers were hosting the Milwaukee Brewers.  Earlier this week, the San Diego Padres were in town when power was knocked out again, this time in the 12th inning of a tie ballgame. 

The stadium went dark for a few moments until auxiliary generators kicked in to provide power to the scoreboards, but most of the rest of stadium was in darkness while the stadium’s systems reset and the lighting powered back to full strength.  The game was able to resume about 20 minutes later.

The cause of the outage with a faulty circuit in the line feeding power to the stadium.  As with the prior outage, power was rerouted through a redundant connection within seconds, at which point the high-power lights needed time to warm up again before play could continue. 

The 34,500-volt redundant power feed are designed to automatically kick in if the primary feed fails for any reason and, for the second time in a few weeks, it functioned as designed.  However, while redundant lines protect against extended outages and help ensure the safety of players, fans, and staff, it doesn’t protect against potential damage cause by surges at the time of outage or power restoration.

Any time power goes out, business technology is at risk due to the sensitive circuitry that allows the systems to function.  Without power protection systems, those circuits can easily be broken or weakened, putting business operations at risk and requiring costly repairs.  Power protection systems are designed to protect against damaging surges and spikes and to allow systems to be properly shut down and later restarted.  They can be designed to meet the specific needs of any business, from baseball stadiums to small businesses, but their impact is the same: protect businesses against loss.

Edited by Erik Linask