SAN FRANCISCO, Miss. (WJTV) – A massive security operation is underway in the Bay Area to prevent and stop any trouble before, during and after Super Bowl 50.
Heavily armed officers are very visible at Super Bowl events this week.
The San Francisco bay area is expecting a million visitors each day and keeping everyone safe has been a two-year project for federal, state and local police agencies.
“We are confident are going to have a safe and success and secure Super Bowl event,” Jeh Johnson, a Homeland Security Secretary, said.
On the ground in the water and in the air, police are using hi-tech equipment to search for explosives and watch out for any suspicious activity.
“We can put eyes on anyone within 30 nautical miles,”
All the intelligence and data funnels to the Federal Bureau of Investigation Command Center which is not that far from Levi’s Stadium where police agencies can instantly share information.
Authorities admit: suspects acting on their own are a concern.
“It is all about identifying the lone wolf before he or she acts,” David Johnson, with the FBI, said.
Super Bowl organizers say they want airtight security but not so overwhelming that it becomes intimidating for fans.
“It makes you feel safe, but also makes you feel like you are in a foreign country,” Renee Meachum, a football fan, said.
On Super Bowl Sunday, 70,000 fans will pack the stadium.
Authorities say there is no credible threat, but they are taking no chances with the safety of fans and players on the NFL’s biggest day of the year.
You can catch the Super Bowl 50 on WJTV Sunday, February 7. Kickoff is set for 5.30 p.m.