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Two-day power outage at Santa Barbara City College disrupts weekend sports

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - Over the weekend Santa Barbara City College was caught in the dark. A power outage knocked out the lights for two straight days.

"On Friday night we were just about ready to start our women's volleyball match and at about 6 p.m. we lost power on campus," said Rocco Constantino, SBCC's Director of Athletics.

The entire East Campus was without power, including La Playa Stadium. Many were left wondering what happened.

"Edison power got out here at about 8:30 p.m. and was able to identify that it was a high voltage line running on to campus that failed," said Constantino. "At that time we also were hosting Bishop Diego football game against Hope Academy from Chicago who flew out here to play, so it was a very inconvenient time for the power to go out."

The volleyball match had to be rescheduled, while the high school football game against Hope Academy from Chicago was postponed until that next morning, but the power went out yet again.

"We got notification about 7 a.m. Saturday morning that the power was out again and it remained out until 8 or 9 p.m. Sunday night," said Constantino.

SBCC says the issue is now fixed and everyone was cooperative during those days in the dark.

"In an incident like this health and safety comes first," said Constantino. "So when it initially happened we wanted to make sure, because we had fans in the sports pavilion at SBCC and La Playa stadium when we lost power, so we wanted to make sure they were evacuated safely."

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