Two French rugby teams played in the dark because the lights were broken

Sunday September 6th, 2015

Remember when the Super Bowl was delayed because half the lights in the stadium went out? Apparently that’s not enough to stop a French rugby match. 

About 15 minutes before the start of Sunday’s game between Toulon and Stade Francais, a large portion of the stadium’s lights suddenly went out. The game was delayed, until the referee decided, Screw it, we’ll play in the dark.

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The partial power outage made for scenes not unlike what we saw at Super Bowl XLVII in New Orleans, except for the fact that the game went on in the semi-darkness. 

Back to basic thing. #SFParis #jeanbouin @SFParisRugby

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It certainly seems like it made it difficult for the fans to tell what was happening down on the field.

After the game, they turned off all the lights and had a laser show.


Now that would have been an interesting way to light the field. 

- Dan Gartland

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