(BLACK PR WIRE) ( February 2, 2010) Ft. Lauderdale, Florida – Security screening at Sun Life Stadium will be significantly heightened for the Super Bowl. The National Football League strongly recommends that spectators minimize the number and size of all items carried into the stadium.
Items carried by spectators will be carefully inspected. Everyone entering the stadium on Super Bowl Sunday will be subject to security screenings, including metal detectors, pat-downs, and other special security checks. Spectators choosing to not consent to the NFL's security requirements will be refused admission.
Certain items may not be brought into the stadium. Small bags, subject to check, will be permitted but binocular and camera cases, among other items, will not be allowed. Spectators are urged to carry nothing larger than a small purse or bag. The NFL and Sun Life Stadium will not hold prohibited or excluded items for spectators (see attached for list of prohibited items).
“We recommend that fans travel early to the game and carry only minimal items,” said NFL Vice President of Security Milt Ahlerich. “The cooperation and patience of spectators is greatly appreciated by the NFL.”
Federal and state law enforcement resources and the U.S. military support area law enforcement, fire, emergency management and public health entities. In addition, private security companies hired by the NFL also contribute to the high level of security applied to the Super Bowl.
Temporary flight restrictions will be in place on Super Bowl Sunday that will prohibit private aircraft from operating in a large radius around the sports complex. No blimps or other aircraft will be allowed to circle the premises. There will be a military flyover during the performance of the National Anthem.
SUPER BOWL GAMEDAY FAN INFORMATION
Traffic flow, parking and stadium entry will be much different for the Super Bowl than during the regular season at Sun Life Stadium.
Lots open at 11 a.m. (ET). Fans may tailgate near their vehicles with their own food and beverages but may not bring grills. Fans may not take up more than one parking spot and tents are prohibited.
Game Day Fan Plaza will open at 1 p.m. on Sunday for Super Bowl ticket holders only who may enjoy interactive football games, exhibits and musical entertainment, and may purchase food and merchandise. This area is free, but fans must have a Super Bowl ticket.
Stadium gates open at 2 p.m. Fans are encouraged to arrive early to avoid delays and expedite entrance for everyone. In-stadium festivities begin at 5:30 p.m.
Only people with tickets or credentials will be allowed within the security perimeter around Sun Life Stadium. Everyone entering the stadium, including children, must have a ticket for the game. Fans will not be able to re-enter the stadium once they leave.
Fans can go through any of the screening points on the security perimeter and then proceed to the gate marked on their tickets.
Wheelchair attendees and their companions must have tickets designated “wheelchair.”
NFL FAN CODE OF CONDUCT PROGRAM
NFL teams implemented a fan code of conduct policy in 2008. The code of conduct will be enforced during the Super Bowl.
The NFL is committed to creating a safe, comfortable, and enjoyable experience for all fans. As such, guests are required to refrain from the following:
• Behavior that is unruly, disruptive, or illegal in nature
• Intoxication or other signs of alcohol impairment that results in irresponsible behavior
• Foul or abusive language or obscene gestures
• Interference with the progress of the game (including throwing objects on the field)
• Failing to follow instruction of stadium personnel
• Verbal or physical harassment of opposing team fans
Guests who are subjected to unruly fans, or witness violations of the Fan Code of Conduct, can quickly receive assistance by calling a special telephone number or text to anonymously report fan conduct violations. These phone and text lines will be visibly posted in the stadium during the game. Fans also may visit one of the Guest Services/Information Booths at any point during the Super Bowl. NFL guest services staff will be on standby ready to assist.
PROHIBITED ITEMS IN SUN LIFE STADIUM FOR SUPER BOWL XLIV
The following list is a guide only. It is not intended to be all-inclusive.
• Weapons of any kind
• Beach balls
• Laser lights and pointers
• Containers of any type
• Coolers of any size
• Cans, hairspray
• Camera cases and binocular cases/tripods
• Mace/pepper spray
Cameras and Binoculars – Small cameras and binoculars will be allowed. Camera cases and binocular cases are prohibited. No spectator cameras with lenses longer than six inches will be permitted. Camcorders are prohibited.
Electronic Devices – Spectators are strongly urged not to bring electronic devices of any sort into the stadium. Any electronic device will be thoroughly inspected, causing delays for the spectator with the device. Electronic devices include, but are not limited to, cellular telephones, pagers, televisions, radios, personal computers, and personal digital assistants (PDAs).
Prohibited items and items determined inappropriate for entry into the stadium will be the responsibility of the ticket holder and cannot be accepted or checked by the NFL or Sun Life Stadium. All spectators are urged to secure these items in vehicles or hotel rooms.