Mets chief operating officer Jeff Wilpon was watching the Super Bowl Sunday night when he saw what 100-plus million other viewers saw: The lights flicked off at the Superdome, leaving half the aging stadium in the dark and the game on hold for 34 minutes.
That is not something Wilpon wants to see in July when the Mets host Major League Baseball’s All-Star Game at Citi Field, their almost brand-new stadium.
“I talked to our guys first thing Monday morning. We were already thinking about redundancies, if there’s a mishap, what our contingencies are,” said Wilpon, who oversaw the design and construction of Citi Field, which opened in 2009. “What do we do if this happens, what do we do if that happens? I spoke to our senior VP for the facility, who spoke to our construction guys and electricians about issues that could be affected — the (infrastructure), the Internet, broadcasts, connections, and what our contingencies are should something happen.”
Wilpon says the stadium has lost power before, although not during a game.
“We’ve had the power go out in storms and things,” he said, adding that the stadium has emergency backup power from generators that kick in the instant a failure occurs. “There are times in big buildings where you never know they’re running on generator power. It’s seamless.”
SAN FRAN TREAT
Former Met reliever Ramon Ramirez will return to the San Francisco Giants, uniting every member of the Angel Pagan trade on one roster.
In December of 2011, the Mets sent Pagan to the Giants for Andres Torres and Ramirez. Pagan enjoyed a decent season for the World Series champions, whole Torres and Ramirez were disappointments in Queens. Earlier this winter, Torres re-signed with the Giants.
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NY Mets chief operating officer Jeff Wilpon doesn't want to be in the dark during All-Star Game at Citi Field
New York Daily News | Feb 6