The NFL says safety of fans and teams is top priority and security at games ‘is robust.’
In response to Friday’s deadly terrorist attacks in Paris, some of which occurred outside France’s national stadium, the NFL released a statement Saturday assuring fans of the safety of the league’s venues.
“We are closely monitoring events and have been in communication with the Department of Homeland Security and the FBI, which have informed us that there are no known threats against NFL stadiums,” the statement reads.
The NFL also reaffirmed that its security procedures — including mandatory metal detectors at all gates —are “certified” by the DHS as “effective anti-terrorism technology.” However, the league is still increasing the security and law enforcement presence inside and outside all its stadiums this weekend.
The New Jersey State Police also released a statement ahead of Sunday’s game between the Giants and Patriots at MetLife Stadium:
“Although there are no credible threats at this time, we have increased the number of troopers working this week’s game.”
The reaction comes after two suicide bombers detonated explosives outside Stade de France just north of Paris on Friday.
At least one of the attackers tried to gain access to the stadium, where France and Germany were playing a friendly soccer match, but was turned away by security before detonating his suicide vest, according to the Wall Street Journal.
Roger Goodell asked all NFL teams to hold a moment of silence prior to each game Sunday.
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The full text of the NFL Statement
The safety of our fans, stadium personnel, and teams at all NFL games is our priority, and security at our games is robust. Our procedures have been certified and designated by the Department of Homeland Security since 2008 as effective anti-terrorism technology. All NFL clubs use mandatory metal detector screening and multiple layers of perimeter security external to the stadium to safeguard fans and the stadium from explosive threats.
Following the events in Paris on Friday, we are closely monitoring events and have been in communication with the Department of Homeland Security and the FBI, which have informed us that there are no known threats against NFL stadiums.
In addition to our standard procedures described above, there will be an increased security and law enforcement presence both inside and outside stadiums in the parking lots of our stadiums this weekend. We have been in contact with clubs hosting games to reinforce our standard procedures and the league’s best practices.
We strongly recommend that fans do not bring bags with them to the stadium. If it is essential to bring a bag, it must be in compliance with the clear bag policy which requires that it be made of clear plastic, vinyl or PVC and not exceed 12″ x 6″ x 12.” It is important that all fans comply with these requirements, and we appreciate their efforts to cooperate with these security measures.
The NFL and team security departments work closely with stadium operation personnel and federal, state, and local law enforcement to provide a safe experience for the more than 17 million fans who annually attend NFL games. The NFL and its teams continually evaluate and improve our comprehensive security plan.
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