Las Vegas is getting ready to host the Super Bowl at Allegiant Stadium on 11 February, and the city is taking extensive security measures to ensure the safety of the event. Having previously hosted high-profile events such as New Year’s Eve and the Formula 1 Grand Prix, the city has accumulated valuable experience in organizing and implementing security protocols. Law enforcement plans to extend security coverage beyond the stadium to include locations hosting parties and Super Bowl-related events.
The Department of Homeland Security has classified the Super Bowl as a SEAR 1 event, indicating the highest level of security. The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department (Metro) is focused on effective law enforcement through collaboration with public safety groups. Sheriff McMahill emphasized the importance of keeping officers motivated and focused to ensure the safety of the community.
In an interview, McMahill highlighted the department’s approach to high-profile events and noted the additional challenges presented by the various events surrounding the game. Many resorts on the Strip are planning activities such as pool parties to attract fans, adding to the NFL-approved events.
McMahill acknowledged the challenges faced by his officers, stating that around 1,200 officers work overtime on any given weekend to cover high-profile events in the tourist corridor. Metro has accumulated substantial experience in responding to emerging issues, and the upcoming Super Bowl will serve as a suitable test of the department’s expertise.
Security measures have evolved significantly since the tragic mass shooting on 1 October 2017 during a country music festival on the Strip. The incident serves as a cautionary tale, prompting the city to implement new technologies and increased awareness in planning security for large crowds.
To ensure the success of security measures, Metro Lt. Kendall Bell emphasized the importance of information-sharing and joint efforts. The Las Vegas Super Bowl Host Committee’s public safety and security subcommittee has been actively assisting the authorities and familiarizing themselves with the event by attending the past two Super Bowls in California and Arizona.
As Las Vegas prepares for the Super Bowl, the city remains vigilant against potential threats and is drawing on past experiences to implement robust security measures for the upcoming major event. While the Metro cannot eliminate every possible danger, it is working diligently to ensure the high-profile game happens seamlessly and without significant issues.