Whether it's been sprinklers turning on at the wrong time, an earthquake disrupting the World Series, snow collapsing a stadium's roof or numerous power outages blacking out stadiums full of fans, outside forces have had their hands in delaying or cancelling sporting events.

Count the third-quarter power outage during Sunday's Super Bowl the latest in these series of unusual events.

Super Bowl XLVII between Baltimore and San Francisco was halted for more than 30 minutes when a power outage caused about half of the Superdome to go dark minutes after Jacoby Jones returned the second-half kickoff 108 yards for a touchdown to give the Ravens a 28-6 lead.

Eventually, power was restored and the game carried on. After the break, the 49ers nearly rallied from the 22-point deficit before falling 34-31.

What other sporting events have been affected by outside forces? Here's a look at eight other games that were forced to be put on hold, even if only for a few minutes.

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2011: Power outage delays Monday Night Football game



Editor's note: The 49ers aren't strangers to power outages. Nearly 14 months ago, the lights went out twice in a Monday night matchup between San Francisco and Pittsburgh at Candlestick Park. The first outage, a 20-minute delay, happened before the game, while a second-quarter blackout caused a 16-minute delay.

The San Francisco 49ers-Pittsburgh Steelers game has started after a 20-minute delay because of a power outage at Candlestick Park.

The power throughout the stadium went off about 25 minutes before the scheduled kickoff of 5:40 local time Monday. The public address system stopped working and fans were left in the dark until an emergency light came on in the far corner of the stadium.

A 49ers team spokesman said transformers appeared to fail outside the stadium. City engineers were working to switch the power over to the backup generators.

Continue reading about the Monday Night Football power outage in 2011.


Up next: Could there be two straight Super Bowl power outages?

2010: Power outage briefly disrupts play at New Meadowlands Stadium



Editor's note: Perhaps this isn't a good omen for next year's Super Bowl. In a game between the Giants and Cowboys in November 2010, two brief power outages delayed a game by 11 minutes at New Meadowlands Stadium, where Super Bowl XLVIII will be played. The first knocked out a few banks of lights just seconds into the third quarter; the second lasted six seconds but knocked out the lights in the entire stadium.

Nearly 81,000 people sat in total darkness for a few seconds at the New Meadowlands Stadium during a power outage that brought Sunday's game between the Dallas Cowboys and New York Giants to a halt.

The $1.6 billion building that opened last spring went completely dark for a brief time early in the third quarter. Backup lights almost immediately came on, but play was held up by two brownouts for a total of 11 minutes in the Cowboys' 33-20 victory over the Giants.

"It was kind of bizarre," Giants defensive end Justin Tuck said. "I've never been part of anything like it and hopefully I never will again."

Continue reading about the brief blackout at New Meadowlands Stadium.


Up next: Heavy snow brings down the roof in Minnesota.

2010: Roof collapses at the Vikings' Metrodome



Editor's note: Just weeks after the blackout at New Meadowlands Stadium, a more damaging impact hit the Minnesota Vikings' Metrodome. Snow that accumulated on the roof during a blizzard caused the roof to rip and cave in. The Vikings were forced to move two games, including the first after the collapse to Detroit and another to the University of Minnesota's stadium. The Metrodome roof also deflated in Nov. 1981 because of a rip caused by heavy snow; this reoccurred in 1982 and 1983.

Maybe this is a sign the weather gods want Brett Favre to start.

The Minnesota Vikings-New York Giants game was moved to Monday night in Detroit after the Metrodome's inflated roof collapsed in a snowstorm early Sunday morning.

The delay has given Favre more time to heal his sprained right shoulder, with his NFL-record streak of 297 straight regular season starts hanging in the balance.

Continue reading about the collapse of the Metrodome's roof.


Up next: Sun Life Stadium endures a little rain.

2012: Sprinklers interrupt Dolphins-Seahawks game



Sunday's title-game tilt wasn't the only NFL contest this season to endure a delay. A Week 12 matchup between the Miami Dolphins and Seattle Seahawks in sunny Florida was briefly delayed when a computer glitch caused the Sun Life Stadium lawn sprinklers to turn on during the third quarter.

The delay brought more laughs than anger, as the sprinklers were quickly turned off, players dried off and play resumed.

"I think they're used to the rain," Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson told the Associated Press.

Up next: A massive earthquake halts the 1989 World Series.

1989: Earthquake hits California prior to Game 3 of World Series



Editor's note: In one of the most somber moments where outside forces interrupted game play, an earthquake hit northern California prior to the start of Game 3 of the 1989 World Series between San Francisco and Oakland. The quake began at 5:04 p.m. local time, 31 minutes before the scheduled start of Game 3. The series was delayed for 10 days, and the Athletics won the next two games to finish off a World Series sweep.

Baseball commissioner Fay Vincent said Game 3 of the World Series would not be played Wednesday as a result of the major earthquake that rocked the Bay area.

Vincent said baseball officials would meet with representatives of both teams later today and officials from the City of San Francisco and another announcement would be made at 6 p.m. MDT. "There is substantial disarray in this community, and baseball is not a top priority," Vincent said. "The damage at either park is not significant, we have heard. But the proper people have not examined it yet."

Vincent said beyond postponing the third game today, no decision had been made.

Game 3 had been scheduled for Tuesday, but at 6:04 p.m. MDT an earthquake of 6.9 on the Richter scale rumbled through several Northern California communities.

Continue reading about the 1989 California earthquake.


Up next: Water rains down in the Alamo.

1994: Fireworks trigger sprinkler system at Spurs game



While a little rain slowed the Dolphins-Seahawks game this season, it pales in comparison to what happened at San Antonio's Alamodome in November 1994. During the pregame player introductions for the Spurs' home opener against Golden State, a fireworks display ignited the arena's sprinkler system and caused a high-pressure water cannon to pour more than 12,000 gallons of water down on the crowd and the court.

Water rained down for three minutes, and most of the fans hit were sitting in the season-ticket area.

Up next: A faulty substitution horn just keeps on ringing.

2003: Horn malfunctions at Sonics home game



Fans, players and coaches were forced to endure the high-pitched ringing of the substitution horn for much longer than is normal at a 2003 Seattle SuperSonics game. Late in the third quarter, the horn turned on during a stoppage in play and did not turn off, forcing a 15-minute delay.

The malfunctioning horn was disabled when team officials turned off the scoreboard above center court. It took technicians another 10 minutes to work on the problem. (It's No. 3 on the top 10 video attached to the story).

Up next: A double dose of trouble ends a Stanley Cup game early.

1988: Fog and a power outage halt the Stanley Cup Finals



The old Boston Garden did not have air conditioning, and this helped contribute to one of the more bizarre games in sports history. Because of the lack of air conditioning, fog would begin to develop at the Garden on warmer nights.

This happened during Game 4 of the 1988 Stanley Cup Finals between Boston and Edmonton. But there was more trouble to come for the game that was tied 3-3 in the second period on May 24.

A power outage forced the game to be suspended at the 16:37 mark in the second period. The game, if needed to determine a champion, would be restarted at the end of the series and played again at the Boston Garden. The Oilers ensured a restart wasn't necessary, as they swept the series two days later.