Law enforcement says bomb attacks like the two that ripped through transit sites in Russia earlier this month are a top concern.
“Vehicles are going to be scanned, they’re going to checked, they’re going to swept. That includes trains, that includes buses, that includes cars. We’re going to do this in a practiced and expeditious way because we realize people may be coming some distance so we want to expedite their path along to getting into their seat at MetLife stadium, but I can assure you those safeguards and protections are going to take place,” Rick Fuentes, superintendent of the New Jersey State Police, told reporters.
For that reason, no bags are allowed at the Super Bowl this year; only small one-gallon freezer bags can be brought in. Fans will pass through metal detectors and will then be subject to a pat-down search and will have to unzip their outer garments for security personnel.
Thousands of law enforcement officials, including 700 state troopers, will be at MetLife Stadium long before kickoff on Sunday. At least 30 federal agencies, the New York City Police Department and countless New Jersey police departments will be involved in wide-ranging security protocols on Sunday, said Jay Johnson, director of Homeland Security.
New York City Police Commissioner William Bratton says there are no specific threats, officials are just being extremely careful.
Super Bowl XLVIII is the first ever held in the New York and New Jersey area. The game has been a Level 1 national security event since 2002, after the 9/11 attacks on New York City and Washington, D.C.