SIOUX FALLS, SD -
Last year's Super Bowl will be remembered for many things, but a lot of people will remember it for when the lights went out during the biggest game of the year.
Something similar happened last weekend during the President's Bowl in Sioux Falls. Some of the stadium lights failed during one of the games, leaving the field partially in the dark. Now crews are scrambling to get them back on in time for the Dakota Bowl.
Last weekend at Howard Wood Field, it was lights out at the President's Bowl, literally.
During the Roosevelt/Washington game, two of the four sets of lights that tower over Howard Wood wouldn't come on, but the two teams played on.
"It wasn't ideal, but I didn't feel at any time there was a safety issue for the young men and coaches that were involved in the game," Sioux Falls Athletic director Mark Meile said.
Today electric crews were on scene fixing the problem. They are replacing all four circuit breakers on all four sets of poles. They're also fixing a faulty wire underground that appears to be the main problem.
"Somehow it got disrupted, something hammered through it or old age, weather, whatever the case might be," Meile said. "You know how it was ever operating that way was kind of a miracle."
And in case you're wondering, these lights were not part of the six and half million dollar renovation project that was done at Howard Wood last year.
The lights are 35 years old and have gone out before, but school officials don't think the aging lights will make the highlights this week.
"We're hoping and pretty confident that what we're doing right now in the way of repairs will satisfy what we need," Meile said.
Meile says the school district will be talking about how much it'll cost to get new lights for Howard Wood, but said it wouldn't happen this year.
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