Super Bowl Scores High in Safety

By Andrew G. Simpson | February 3, 2012

The National Football League isn’t taking safety for granted at this Sunday’s Super Bowl XLVI in Indianapolis.

The NFL’s security team said that screening at Lucas Oil Stadium will be significantly heightened for the game and has advised spectators to minimize the number and size of all items they carry into the stadium.

Everyone entering the stadium on Super Bowl Sunday will be subject to security screenings, including metal detectors, pat-downs, and other special security checks. Spectators choosing not to consent to the NFL’s security requirements will be refused admission.

Certain items may not be brought into the stadium. The list of prohibited items includes umbrellas, fireworks, strollers, Frisbees, containers or coolers of any type, backpacks, even beach balls.

Small bags, subject to check, will be permitted but binocular and camera cases, among other items, will not be allowed. Spectators are urged to carry nothing larger than a small purse or bag.

The NFL and Lucas Oil Stadium will not hold prohibited or excluded items for spectators.

Federal and state law enforcement resources and the U.S. military will lend support to area law enforcement, fire, emergency management and public health entities. In addition, the NFL has hired private security companies.

Temporary flight restrictions will be in place on Super Bowl Sunday that will prohibit private aircraft from operating in a large radius around the sports complex. No blimps or other aircraft will be allowed to circle the premises.

NFL teams implemented a fan code of conduct policy in 2008. The code of conduct will be enforced during the Super Bowl. The code prohibits fan behavior that is unruly, intoxication, foul language, throwing objects on the field, failing to follow instruction of stadium personnel and verbal or physical harassment of opposing team fans.

There will be a special phone line that guests who are subjected to unruly fans, or witness violations of the code of conduct, can call for help

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