Monday’s attack at the Boston Marathon has relevance to security issues for every sports league in the nation. Most immediately for the NFL, it raises questions about security in and around Radio City Music Hall for next week’s draft.
“The NFL and its clubs have operated with a very high level of security since 9/11 for all of our games and events,” NFL spokesman Greg Aiello tells PFT via email. “For next week’s NFL Draft, we will review and enhance our already comprehensive security plans with the NYPD, Radio City and our private security partners. We will advise the public more specifically next week prior to the Draft.”
The draft presents security issues both inside and outside the event. With a red-carpet arrival now part of the festivities, many people routinely line up in the vicinity of Radio City Music Hall, typically across the street on Sixth Avenue, to watch the draft picks and others enter.
That said, both New York and the NFL know a thing or two about security, and I’ve got no concerns about being present at the event.