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NFL Announces Security Plans for Super Bowl XLVI Game Day
In a press release issued by the NFL on Feb. 1, the league announced its plans for keeping attendees at Super Bowl XLVI safe. There are a number of things that those attending the big game between the New England Patriots and the New York Giants need to know before heading to Lucas Oil Stadium.
Less is Better
Fans attending Super Bowl XLVI will want to keep the number and size of possessions being carried into the stadium to a minimum. Fans will be subject to the kind of search of their person and property that you would expect from one of the biggest events of the year: pat-downs, metal detectors, and other like-minded security checks.
Any items that you're carrying will also be thoroughly inspected. Do not bring anything larger than a small purse or bag. Be aware, too, that camera cases and binocular cases are among the list of prohibited items (see list below). Neither the NFL or Lucas Oil Stadium will hold prohibited items for fans during the game, so you'll likely be left with the choice of securing the item in your vehicle or hotel room, or trashing it.
Fans not willing to subject themselves to this kind of search will not be admitted into Lucas Oil Stadium.
Super Bowl XLVI Entry Procedures
For those who have attended Indianapolis Colts games at Lucas Oil Stadium, erase memories of how you entered the stadium from your brains. It will be completely different for Super Bowl XLVI.
There will be a security perimeter around the stadium through which all fans must pass before entering the gate. The largest and most convenient point to enter the security perimeter will be inside the Indiana Convention Center—the same facility that hosts the NFL Experience—with entry near the intersections of Maryland Street and Capitol Avenue or Georgia Street and Capitol Avenue.
Georgia Street is where the Super Bowl Village is located. Capitol Avenue is the street down which the zip lines extend. Maryland Street is the street directly to the north of the Indiana Convention Center. Would a map help? Here's one.
There will also be entry points to the security perimeter on the east and west sides of Lucas Oil Stadium, but you'll likely be standing outside while you wait. My personal preference would be to stand inside the heated Indiana Convention Center while I'm in line, but suit yourself.
Everyone entering the security perimeter—including children—must have a ticket to the game. Those who are in wheelchairs, as well as their companions, must have the "wheelchair" designation on their tickets.
Once you enter the security perimeter, there's no going back. You will not be allowed re-entry if you leave, so plan accordingly.
The NFL recommends getting to the security perimeter entry points by 2 p.m. ET on game day to make sure you get in, get through security, and get settled in plenty of time for the pre-game activities that begin at 5:30 p.m. Kickoff is set for 6:30 p.m. ET.
NFL Fans Code of Conduct
This goes without saying for the vast majority of fans who will attend Super Bowl XLVI, but the NFL has a code of conduct for its fans. You can read it—and please do—in its entirety here.
In a nutshell: don't be a jerk to other people, don't be a drunken jerk, don't be a potty mouth, don't flip anyone the bird (come on, there's going to be kids there), don't throw stuff on the field or otherwise disrupt the game, be nice to your neighbors even if they root for the other team, and do what the stadium security staff tells you to do.
Don't Bring This Stuff to the Game
You won't be allowed inside the stadium with any of this stuff, so don't bring it.
—Weapons of any kind
—Laser lights and pointers
—Containers of any type
—Coolers of any size
—Camera cases and binocular cases/tripods
This is not an all-inclusive list, so just use common sense. You know, leave the pet pit bull at home, even though the list doesn't specifically include animals. Stuff like that.
One Last Word About Electronics
As you saw above, leave the video cameras, the tripods, and the cases for your camera and binoculars in your vehicle or hotel room. They won't be allowed.
Small binoculars and small cameras are allowed, but cameras cannot have lenses longer than six inches.
Don't take any electronic items like televisions, radios, and tablet computers, either. They're going to be very carefully inspected, and it'll take you forever to get into the stadium because of it. Just leave them behind.
Sure, this is all kind of a pain in the butt, but this is the world in which we live now. When you're starting to feel aggravated about the wait or self-conscious about getting patted down, remember that the object of all this security is to keep everyone safe and having a good time at Super Bowl XLVI. And everyone else has to go through the exact same thing, too. Patience, patience, patience.
Being forced to buy an overpriced bottle of water inside the stadium or having to leave the vintage musket that's part of your Patriots costume at home sure beats disaster striking during the event, don't you agree?
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