Super Bowl a Level One National Security Event

By Laura Spadanuta, Assistant Editor

The Super Bowl is being classified as a level one national security event by the Department of Homeland Security, according to the Washington Post.  This means federal agencies can bring in manpower from other areas of the country for the game, which takes place at the University of Phoenix stadium this Sunday.

AFP reports that there have been no specific threats made regarding the game, which features the New England Patriots taking on the New York Giants. However, the stadium will also enjoy no-fly zone status.  Officials said Monday that in addition to local resources, about 200 FBI agents and 100 Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms agents have been brought in from other areas of the country. Additionally, the NFL has hired more than 3,000 private security guards and 30 security experts for the game.

Despite the security, NFL Vice President of Security Milt Ahlerich says the league is trying not to be too intrusive to fans:

"We've tried to keep a balance. We hope our fans will come in and enjoy the game after they pass through security . . . We want to fade into the background and not be what the fans think about and worry about. They will be safe. We're very confident of that."




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