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Power Outage Delays Blues Game Start

February 16, 2001

ST. LOUIS (AP) _ The start of the St. Louis Blues’ game against the Calgary Flames was delayed 1 hour, 41 minutes Thursday night due to a power outage at Savvis Center.

The power went out about 5 p.m. CST, approximately two hours before the scheduled start, and affected the ice plant, lights over the ice and the sound system, as well as telephones and elevators. The emergency generator powered the building for the game, Savvis chief electrician Rick Pipkins said.

Tanker trucks with 500-gallon capacity were brought in to make sure the building had enough fuel to last through the game, said Fred Corsi, director of building operations. The generator burns about 100 gallons of fuel per hour.

Corsi was unsure what caused the outage.

Flames goalie Mike Vernon was the first player to take the ice for warmups at 8:06 p.m. and the game began at 8:41.

Pipkins said only about 10 percent of the building was affected by the outage. The delay was lengthened when a problem with the transfer switch caused the generator to overheat.

During the outage, exits and some stairways were lighted by an emergency system.

Early in the delay, the scoreboard played a videotape _ without sound _ of the Blues’ 1986 playoff comeback victory over the Flames.

Savvis Center, which seats about 19,000 for hockey, was expected to be sold out. But there were several areas of empty seats at game time.

Ticket stubs were good for a free ticket of equal value for selected early games next season.