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Super Bowl Security

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East Rutherford, New Jersey (My9NJ) - The upcoming Super Bowl at MetLife Stadium has been designated by the Department of Homeland Security as a level-one national security event.

This type of event is only one notch below the presidential inauguration because of the amount of people that will be in the area, not just the day of the event, but the week leading up to the Big Game as well.

New Jersey and New York expect about 500,000 additional visitors during the week of the Super Bowl and about 77,000 ticketholders gathered inside of the stadium.

Former FBI agent counter-terrorism expert Jonathan Gilliam chimed in to discuss what exactly a level-one security event means.

“It’s a very serious thing, everybody is here. Whenever you have a large event like this you’re gonna have a task force that’s compromised of most federal agencies, state and local law enforcement, the security that belongs to the NFL and stadium as well. The way that this is supposed to work is that it won’t really interfere with the game at all, what you will see though is from an attendance standpoint it’s going to be much more difficult to get here, park and get in the stadium, ” he said.

The stadium security plans include the installation of 2.5 miles of chain-link fencing around the entire stadium starting 300 feet out. There will also be about 130 metal detectors at seven different entrances.

“What you’re looking at with that fence is a frozen zone. They are creating a frozen zone where they can screen people and control the environment within that fence,” Gilliam said.


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