Originally written on Fox Sports  |  Last updated 11/20/14
Saints right tackle Zach Strief recalls sadness consuming him when he saw the Superdome go dark during the Super Bowl. Strief had settled permanently in New Orleans since being drafted by the Saints in 2006 - less than a year after Hurricane Katrina - and he understood the central role the rebuilt stadium had played in the city's regrowth. ''I didn't want the blackout to reflect negatively on the city,'' Strief said, ''especially after having seen how amazing it was here for the week leading up'' to the game. During the months between the dark side of the Super Bowl and the dawn of a new NFL season, the 38-year-old stadium has undergone scrutiny and about $1.5 million in electrical upgrades in an effort to ensure the lights stay on for the Saints home opener this Sunday and every game thereafter. As it turned out, experts say nothing in the dome was to blame for the blackout that caused a 34-minute delay during the third quarter of last season's championship between Baltimore an...
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