The 49ers have been chasing a new stadium for more than 15 years, and if they hadn't secured $850 million in loans from the city of Santa Clara last week, you might suspect Monday night's power outages to be a political ploy.
The lights failed twice, once before and once during the 49ers-Steelers matchup on Monday Night Football. What's better than a prime-time national-TV stage to plead your case that you're playing in a dump and need to get out?
But Candlestick, which opened in 1960, isn't the only sports venue to have high-profile embarrassments. The New Meadowlands, hosting a Cowboys-Giants game, suffered the same fate last season in its first year of existence. Here are some notable hiccups:
You would think a stadium in Minnesota should be built for the snow, but the Metrodome's roof caved in after a big blizzard. The Vikings had to move one game to Detroit and another to the University of Minnesota's stadium, which is an outdoor venue.
The Eagles-Ravens preseason game at the Vet was called off after the turf was deemed too dangerous. Kickoff was first delayed for a half hour before officials decided to cancel the game. Uneven cutouts in the turf that covered infield dirt made footing an issue.
The Expos were forced to play the final 13 home games of the season on the road after a 55-ton chunk of concrete crashed on to an interior walkway. No one was injured, but it was another debacle for a venue that was plagued with problems practically from the time it opened in 1976.
The Garden had no air conditioning, which caused fog to develop on warmer nights such as when the Bruins were in the playoffs. Game 4 of the 1988 Stanley Cup Final between the Bruins and Oilers ended in a 3-3 tie after the power went out late in the second period and could not be restored. In Game 1 of the 1990 Cup Final, also between the Bruins and Oilers, the lights went out early in triple overtime. This time they were able to turn the power back on after a half-hour delay. Edmonton won the game and swept the series.
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