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NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The manager of Louisiana's Superdome is recommending that dome officials have an engineering study done with an eye toward changing the stadium's emergency power systems.

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Doug Thornton says that idea has been in the works since well before the Super Bowl - when a partial power outage put half the dome on emergency backup power for more than half an hour.

Thornton's comments Wednesday came during a meeting of the Louisiana Stadium and Exposition District board.

Thornton noted that a weakness with the current system is that it's designed to keep electrical systems operating during an emergency evacuation - not during a temporary outage when crowds remain in the building.

That was evident during the Super Bowl outage, when the game was suspended for 34 minutes in the third quarter.

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