NFL statement on stadium security

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[Editor’s note: In the wake of the recent terrorist attacks in Paris, the NFL has issued a statement regarding security measures at the various American stadiums where games are played. The full statement appears below.]

The safety of our fans, stadium personnel, and teams at all NFL games is our priority, and security at our games is robust.  Our procedures have been certified and designated by the Department of Homeland Security since 2008 as effective anti-terrorism technology. All NFL clubs use mandatory metal detector screening and multiple layers of perimeter security external to the stadium to safeguard fans and the stadium from explosive threats.

Following the events in Paris on Friday, we are closely monitoring events and have been in communication with the Department of Homeland Security and the FBI, which have informed us that there are no known threats against NFL stadiums.

In addition to our standard procedures described above, there will be an increased security and law enforcement presence both inside and outside stadiums in the parking lots of our stadiums this weekend.  We have been in contact with clubs hosting games to reinforce our standard procedures and the league’s best practices.

We strongly recommend that fans do not bring bags with them to the stadium. If it is essential to bring a bag, it must be in compliance with the clear bag policy which requires that it be made of clear plastic, vinyl or PVC and not exceed 12″ x 6″ x 12.”  It is important that all fans comply with these requirements, and we appreciate their efforts to cooperate with these security measures.

The NFL and team security departments work closely with stadium operation personnel and federal, state, and local law enforcement to provide a safe experience for the more than 17 million fans who annually attend NFL games. The NFL and its teams continually evaluate and improve our comprehensive security plan.

8 responses to “NFL statement on stadium security

  1. The NFL thinks it creates strong security by putting metal detectors at entry gates, when in reality the massive lines these measures create at stadium gates are in itself an inviting target for these subhuman sociopaths.

  2. If goodell says we’re safe, I believe him.

    I’m not a racist inside but the time has come to just export all Muslims back to the Middle East so that the rest of us can truly be safe. Sucks for them but those the breaks. Maybe if they start turning in the terrorists and expressly condemning their actions, this nonsense can end.

  3. Still wondering how the rappellers at BoA stadium got all that stuff in. It wasn’t in bags “made of clear plastic, vinyl or PVC and not exceed 12″ x 6″ x 12.”

  4. Didn’t ESPN do a story a week to two ago about a Chargers fan who has snuck into Super Bowls but the only team he doesn’t sneak into games for is the Chargers and how he would never pay for Chargers tickets if they moved to LA?

    I don’t think stadiums are that secure. That being said, the likelihood that something happens at a stadium is still tiny.

  5. The NFL needs to simply declare it a “safe space” like on college campuses and the terrorists will respect that and go elsewhere. Right college kids?

  6. It’s not “if” but “when” it happens. No way to prevent it either. As the posters above said. You got rappellers and brain dead college kids sneaking into Super Bowls. You don’t think 20 terrorists with shoe bombs couldn’t slide right into the super bowl? I’m telling you, the founding fathers didn’t anticipate Isis, terror cells, hi caliber machine guns and other things. They were smart for their time but that was 250 years ago. Time to revisit our rights. Export all Muslims that can’t pass a grueling “love America” test. Sorry but unless you can come up with a better idea, our families shouldn’t have to worry about surviving a meal at Applebee’s.

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