SAN FRANCISCO – Construction is already underway in preparation for the estimated one million plus people coming into San Francisco for the Super Bowl which means city officials are hard at work preparing safety and security plans.
Joanne Hayes-White, San Francisco Fire Chief, said, “We’re very confident that with a large crowd we have emergency access lanes for egress and access in the event of an emergency where our units need to get in.”
Ed Reiskin, Transportation Director of the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency, said, “There will be both uniformed and non-uniformed enforcement officers on transit throughout downtown San Francisco and the Bay Area to make sure that everyone can safely get around and enjoy their time.”
According to Police Chief Greg Shur, all time off for officers has been canceled and all first responders have already been training for all types of emergencies.
Downtown San Francisco has been transformed into Super Bowl City – a free area for visitors to enjoy a variety of football attractions.
Security screening will be placed at entrances to super bowl city.
“Everybody is going to have to pass through a magnetometer to get in and the bags will be gone through much like when you enter a stadium so certainly anybody bringing anything that is of a malicious nature one would hope it would be detected,” said Shur.
City officials say they will be prepared for every scenario from criminal activity to civil protests.
“We will have contingency plans to deal with any sort of an action inside Super Bowl City obviously there is no first amendment area inside the event,” said Shur.
Super Bowl City opens January 30th and concludes on Super Bowl Sunday, February 7th.