Levi’s® Stadium Security Concerns Loom in Anticipation of “the Big Game”
Enthusiasm fills the air as Bay Area locals count down to the Big Day. But despite fan hysteria and overwhelming excitement, Bay Area security patrol companies are taking a more cautious response to this anticipated event. With recent terrorist attacks like Paris and San Bernardino, police forces, local security companies and authorities are looking at ways to buckle down and tighten security measures.
Wanting to keep Super Bowl 50 on February 7th a safe and memorable event, security companies, federal and state agencies have been working on security plans for nearly two years. Many of the details regarding security plans remain unknown to the public, but no doubt this is a huge undertaking that requires the cooperation and teamwork of various entities across the entire Bay Area. On KQED news, Al Guido, the chief operating officer for the 49ers and Levi’s® Stadium explains: “There’s no question the recent attacks have heightened security and certainly made us make sure we’re as buttoned up as we possibly can be.”
There have been regular training drills within the last year in anticipation of the event, including best and worst case scenario solutions. According to the National Football League, apart from the Presidential Inauguration, the Super Bowl has been assigned one of the nation’s highest-level security ratings each year. Security measures have been heightened since 2002 shortly after 9/11 terrorists attacks.
Security will be everywhere on game day; parking lots, entry gates, concourses, fields, tunnels and streets. There will also be mandatory bag checks and secure entrances at nearby activity locations like NFL Experience at Moscone Center, Super Bowl City in San Francisco’s Justin Herman Plaza, Super Bowl Opening Night at San Jose’s SAP center and more.
With an expected outcome of 1 million citizens, the security plans must be fully integrated and highly sophisticated to operate securely across such a wide region. Countless months of planning and the assistance of federal, state, police and local agencies are helping to ensure that this event is both safe and fun.