NFL tackles cold weather and security for Super Bowl
Thursday, January 30, 2014 - 01:38
Jan. 30 - For the first time in its history, the NFL holds their Super Bowl game outdoors in the winter elements. Jillian Kitchener reports.
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A snowy scene inside New Jersey's MetLife Stadium, as crews work tirelessly to clear snow off the seats.
The National Football League is just three days away from what could be the coldest Super Bowl in history, in an outdoor stadium.
Something NFL's Executive Vice President, Eric Grubman, is taking in stride:
(SOUNDBITE) (English) ERIC GRUBMAN, NFL EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT, SAYING:
"Buffalo, Denver -- lots of clubs play in very cold temperatures throughout the year. The Patriots play in a notoriously cold stadium. This is an all-weather sport. We've got all-weather fans. And, we're really in an all-weather region. So, I'm confident we'll be able to play the game."
The league has waived its rule that the average February temperature in the host city be at least 50 degrees Fahrenheit. But the weather is not the only concern.
An unprecedented level of security has been set up to protect the game.
The FBI's Aaron Ford, explains:
(SOUNDBITE) (English) SPECIAL AGENT IN CHARGE AARON FORD, FBI, SAYING:
"Our tactical teams have been training throughout the year for different scenarios that include active shooter, bomb threats, and hazards related to chemical, biological, radiological or nuclear threats. We have a number of agents and professional staff prepared to respond. For example, we have SWAT teams, evidence response teams, and crisis negotiators to name a few -- with additional resources traveling here from FBI offices throughout our country."
The Super Bowl stadium has been locked down all week.
Authorities are scanning all vehicles that enter the stadium area, a practice that will continue when the Broncos and Seahawks kick off on Sunday.
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