Super Bowl 53 Gov’t Shutdown Won’t Affect Security … Says FBI, Atlanta PD
NFL fans planning on going to the Super Bowl in Atlanta have no reason to fear — the security there’s going to be as strong as ever … government shutdown be damned.
According to law enforcement sources … the FBI had a meeting with city and state officials Tuesday to lock down the final details of the overall security plan for SB 53 — which will be held February 3 at Mercedes-Benz Stadium.
We’re told the Atlanta PD is the lead law enforcement agency responsible for safety at the event, but — like at prior Super Bowls — it will team up with FBI agents and the Department of Homeland Security to make it happen.
FBI Specialist Kevin Rowson tells us the agency’s role is twofold — it coordinates the collection and dissemination of all operational intelligence … but it also steps up to take over in the case of an act of terrorism or if any crime rises to a federal level.
In the past, the FBI’s role in security has included conducting the background checks for ALL of the event day staff who will be credentialed … including security guards, food vendors, media and volunteers. That can mean as many as 30,000 individuals.
Rowson says … “Our plans for the Super Bowl security have not changed despite the shutdown.”
ATL PD’s Public Affairs Director agrees, telling us … “We’re confident our federal law enforcement partners will continue to assist us every step of the way and anticipate no impact from the shutdown.”
As you’ll recall … security for last year’s SB in Minneapolis resembled a militarized zone, with armed police officers and Humvees on the scene.
Seems like this year will be no different … as long as everyone doesn’t call in sick.