In light of recent terrorist attacks in Paris, San Bernardino and Pakistan, the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security are taking all the necessary precautions to make sure fans taking part in the week long festivities at Super Bowl 50 are safe from possible attacks.
According to federal officials, threats during Super Bowl week are nothing new given the number of threats normally received during most major events held in the states. However, extra precautions are being taken for this Super Bowl due in large part to the fact that Santa Clara, California, is not often the host used for such high profile events. With the game scheduled for February 7 at Levi’s Stadium, federal law enforcement officials are looking at all the possibilities and developing contingency plans.
A couple of areas of concern revolve around the use of new technologies to create chaos. The first issue relates to the possibility of attacks on fiber-optic cables, which could create a great deal of communication problems in and around the stadium, not to mention the possible financial impact of losing broadcasting capabilities during Super Bowl day.
A second area of concern is the possible criminal use of drones to attack stadium occupants with missiles and rapid-fire machine guns. Of course, security in the stadium on game day is expected to be heavy in order to prevent armed terrorists from entering the premises. Fans can expect entry restrictions that could include the search of body and possessions, much like the procedures that were used to deny entry to a possible terrorist at the football stadium in Paris.
Under the on-going “joint special event threat assessment,” federal officials are working closely with local law enforcement to make sure nothing is left to chance. While there is currently no credible threat being reported, everyone concerned is committed to creating a safe environment for fans to enjoy the festivities without worry.