In two and half weeks, the home of the Giants and the Jets will host Super Bowl XLVIII and New York and New Jersey authorities are planning plenty of extra security for the big game.
Police agencies from both states, as well as the NFL, have been working together for the last year planning for the Super Bowl and they say they are ready. Currently there's lots of activity going at the stadium.
At MetLife in New Jersey, crews are hard at work trying to get the field and building ready for the big game on Sunday, February 2.
The field in covered with a huge tarp because of all of the wet weather in the area over the last couple of days. The goal is to keep the field as dry as possible as workers prepare to paint the Super Bowl and team logos on the field that the Giants and Jets usually occupy.
But as all of that is happening, behind the scenes just as much work is going into security measures to protect against crime, terror and possibly dangerous weather.
More than 100 different federal, state and local agencies are working with the NFL on security for the stadium. Protecting all the trains and buses that will transport fans to the Super Bowl is a top priority as well.
“The NFL hosted a series of scenarios early this morning, where probably for about the sixth or seventh time in recent months, we went over every possible contingency and what would be the way that we address that? Both in terms of state police, DOT, NFL, decisions that would have to be made, when they would be made in all types of situations, both where crime was afoot and where weather went off the rails,” said Colonel Rick Fuentes of the New Jersey State Police.
In Manhattan, there will be more than 26 Super Bowl-related events in the week leading up to the game, including a 14-block Super Bowl boulevard the city is setting up. Fans will be able to take part in various football events from 34th to 47th street along Broadway. The NYPD says it is used to hosting and protecting big events.
“The key to policing this event is to make sure everyone has fun. That being said, there will be a lot of things that will be very visible to the eye. There will be a lot of police, there will be a robust police presence out in the street to assist with traffic and visitors’ questions, etcetera. There will be a robust counter terrorism overlay out in the street with canine dogs and cameras,” said NYPD’s Chief James Waters.
Law enforcement officials say with private security and police officers there will be about 4,000 people responsible for protecting fans and the game.