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Mayor Landrieu says city shined despite power outage

Mayor Mitch Landrieu says he's never been prouder to be a New Orleanian after seeing the way the city handled Super Bowl XLVII. Despite a power outage that delayed the game, Landrieu says the city shined.

Many people helped to make the event so special, including the 17,000 people who volunteered. 6,000 of whom ended up being deployed across the city to help guide visitors.

150,000 people visited Super Bowl Boulevard at Woldenberg Park. Public transportation was heavily used. The RTA says the Canal Street streetcar line saw a 245 percent increase in riders the day before the game.

Safety was maintained throughout the city by the New Orleans Police Department and 300 law enforcement officers who came in from other areas. And while people were safe and having fun, they were spending money. The city's economic impact from the game is estimated at $432 million.

Of course, the incident many people are talking about is the power outage at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome during the game. Entergy and Superdome officials confirm an outside company is being brought in to investigate what happened. SMG executive Doug Thornton says it appears the dome's feeder cables are not to blame for the incident.

Regardless of the source of the problem, Mayor Landrieu says he's confident the incident won't have a negative impact on the city.

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