Super Bowl 50 will be played this Sunday, Feb. 7, 2016 at Levi Stadium in Santa Clara, California. With approximately a million people expected to take part in this weekend’s activities, security measures are an important aspect to a safe and successful experience for everyone.
Government security officials are taking into account not only Levi Stadium itself, but in areas around the stadium as well that may be potential targets of terror attacks. The city of Santa Clara is 45 miles away from San Francisco and 9.1 miles from San Jose. Heightened security measures will also be taken at the airport.
Both the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security have each made public statements reassuring the public that their safety is of the utmost importance and consideration. At a news conference held Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2016, held by several law enforcement agencies, FBI agent David Johnson said, “The FBI is unaware of any specific, credible threats,” while Home Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said, “[We] look forward to a safe, secure and successful Super Bowl 50.” (Security Sales)
Still, although no specific, credible threat to the stadium or the Bay Area is known, an internal memo between the FBI and Homeland Security obtained by an NBC news team, reveals that law enforcement is concerned with recent attacks on fiber optic systems within California, unsure if those attacks were a prelude to a planned attack on Super Bowl Sunday and the threat that drones could present.
There will be heightened surveillance throughout the Bay Area and more intense screening at Levi Stadium than during a regular season football game. Those attending the game on Sunday are encouraged to come early to avoid the inevitable delays of the crows and the screening measures. Security screening will begin at 11 a.m. PST on Sunday.
Rules for Spectators Attending Super Bowl 50 Weekend Activities at Levi Stadium
Anything brought into the stadium is subject to inspection.
The NFL discourages bringing any bag into the stadium. If you must bring one, it must be: Clear plastic, vinyl or PVC and not larger than 12” x 6” x 12” or; one-gallon clear Ziploc-type bag; AND one small clutch back, no larger than 4.5” x 6.5” with or without a handle or strap.
There is a specific gate that will inspect medically necessary items to allow an exception if the item(s) meets criteria
Among the many prohibited items are: Camcorders; camera and binocular bags; spectator cameras with lenses longer than 6”; unmanned aircraft systems (drones) and other devices that can be operated in air space; alcohol; coolers; bottles, aerosol cans; mace; pepper spray; strollers; tripods; umbrellas; noisemakers; horns.
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