Trying to secure an event as large as the Super Bowl takes years of committed planning, adaptability, patience and a precise attention to detail.
Don’t worry, the F.B.I. has got it covered.
For months the federal agency has worked with state and local law enforcement officials in Minnesota, so that when Super Bowl LII kicks off between the Philadelphia Eagles and New England Patriots on Sunday night at U.S. Bank Stadium, the great American spectacle will go off without a hitch.
It’s a plan that’s been created and carried out for almost the past two years. And for the first time, all of the federal, state and local law enforcement bodies came together to plan for what happens before, during and after the game.
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The F.B.I is used to events like these, having dealt with massive political conventions, the Olympics and Presidents’ State of the Union addresses. And while they aren’t usually visible, there are hundreds of specialty agents ready to respond to any type of crisis.
Dealing with the Mall of America is a new wrinkle however. The venue is being used as a transportation hub where fans can catch a train to the game. On Sunday, the mall is expected to see up to 15,000 people come through the door on game day.
The cold temperatures don’t help either. It’s supposed to be in the single digits around kickoff in Minneapolis.