Allen Event Center Loses Power During OWL Spitfire/Eternal Game at Dallas Ultimate Weekend

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Allen Event Center Loses Power During OWL Spitfire/Eternal Game at Dallas Ultimate Weekend

Allen Event Center lost power today during the first game of the Overwatch League's Dallas Homestand Weekend.


Team Envy, Owners of the Dallas Fuel, have confirmed to ESTNN that the power outage was due to an equipment failure at a nearby substation:

“Equipment failed at a substation in Allen that services the Allen Event Center, Courtyard Marriott, as well as many restaurants and businesses in the surrounding area. The city of Allen had power back up and running within minutes, and operations staff then completed a reboot of all security, gameplay and production equipment to ensure systems were operating properly in the venue.”

When asked if the power outage would result in more extreme repercussions than a simple delay of the remaining games, Team Envy said, “We do not expect any impacts to the broadcasts or stream schedules.”

Allen Event Center Loses Power during first game of the day

The Allen Event Center is currently playing host to the Dallas Homestand Weekend, but things haven't gotten off to a great start. Immediately after London took the first point on the first map during their game against the Paris Eternal, the Event Center was plunged into darkness as the building lost power. Emergency lights immediately came on, but, thankfully, the crowd made the best of it.

Someone shouted, “Thanks, Sombra!” and the entire arena burst into laughter. Power is currently on now, but it seems like there will be a slight delay until the London vs. Paris game resumes.

No Word on the cause of the power outage

The cause of the outage is currently unknown. There is an unconfirmed report of the T-Mobile sponsor truck being to blame, but ESTNN cannot confirm that at this time. We will update this article with more information when it becomes available.

This isn't the first time a major sporting event has lost power. In the 2012 Super Bowl game between the Baltimore Ravens and the San Francisco 49'ers, the Mercedes Benz Super Dome in New Orleans lost power for over 20 minutes. The power loss was caused by a blown transformer nearby.



The game seems on track to resume shortly. Power has been restored to the building, and the admins look to be resetting the server for the teams. ESTNN is still awaiting word on the cause of the power outage.

Nick Johnson
Nick "Lesona" Johnson is an esports journalist with a focus on CS:GO and the OWL. His interest for esports started with CS:S and grew into a career as both an esports writer and an avid fan, giving him a unique perspective on both the casual and professional scenes. Twitter: @Lesona_