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Is it Safe to Attend the Super Bowl? [AUDIO]

Police, federal agents and transportation officials released details Wednesday of their “security game plan” for Super Bowl XLVIII in East Rutherford.

Super Bowl security briefing
Super Bowl security briefing at MetLife Stadium (Townsquare Media)

The formula has been in the works since New Jersey was awarded the Super Bowl more than two years ago.

Members of the New Jersey State Police noted they have plenty of experience at the site of the big game, given the fact that both the Giants and Jets play a total of 20 preseason and regular season games at MetLife Stadium each year.

On Feb. 2, game day, the New Jersey State Police will be deploying more than 500 troopers in and around the stadium.

“This is called an all-hands-on-deck event,” said Colonel Rick Fuentes, superintendent of the State Police. “That means that the people who normally sit behind desks and don’t usually put their uniform on — guess what? This is what you raised your hand for 10-15 years ago.”

Trooper presence will not be affected elsewhere.

The National Football League will provide an additional 3,000 civilian security professionals at the stadium, and NFL chief security officer Jeffrey Miller said fans arriving at the game can expect entry screening similar to an airport experience.

“We will utilize walk-through metal detectors, handheld metal detectors, pat-down searches, K-9 teams and X-ray equipment,” Miller said.

Miller told fans to avoid bringing bags to the game, unless the bags meet specific size requirements.

Inside MetLife Stadium before Super Bowl XLVIII
MetLife Stadium (Townsquare Media)

The Joint Operations Center of the FBI, focused on defending any terroristic threats, will start running around the clock one week prior to the Super Bowl. Analysts will be provided with video feeds of various New Jersey and New York areas where celebration events are scheduled.

Aaron Ford, special agent in charge of the Bureau’s Newark office, said tactical teams have been trained recently on a range of scenarios, from bomb threats to hazards related to chemical attacks.

“No one attending this great American event should have to worry about anything other than whether or not their favorite team will win,” Ford said.

Many officials attended the previous two Super Bowls to pick up on what’s wrong and right to do.


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