NFL beefs up security for this week’s draft
The NFL is increasing security for this week’s draft at Radio
City Music Hall, with everyone subject to screenings, including use
of metal detectors and pat-downs, and searches of personal
Even league officials, players and their families will be
subject to such measures.
The league said Tuesday that spectators who don’t consent to the
security requirements will be refused admission. The draft begins
Thursday night and has sessions Friday night and Saturday
All sports events have ramped up security since the Boston
Marathon bombings last week.
”In light of the current state of affairs, we decided to make
adjustments for the fans’ safety,” NFL security chief Jeff Miller
told The Associated Press. ”We had a concern about individuals
that might want to replicate what occurred or approach another
sporting type event. This is the first large event in New York City
on the sports events side since the events in Boston.”
Those adjustments also will mean about 20 percent more security
personnel and increased K-9 explosive detective teams on site.
New York police and draft organizers are recommending spectators
minimize the number and size of all items carried into Radio City.
Fans are urged to bring nothing larger than a small purse. Large
backpacks have been banned for some time.
Prohibited items also include beverages, footballs and beach
balls, noisemakers and horns.
Lines to enter the theater are expected to be lengthy and the
NFL is urging fans to arrive early.
”There will be some very visible things and we’ll also be doing
things behind the scenes that people won’t notice,” Miller said,
noting the league is working closely with the NYPD, federal
authorities and private security firms.
Miller was contacting some two dozen draft prospects who were
invited to attend, along with their family members, to alert them
to the enhanced security arrangements. He made it clear that when
the league says everyone will be subject to the security checks, it
”It includes me and my staff, and the commissioner, the players
and families,” Miller said. ”This is an immediate response to
what we saw last week.”
Miller suggests that a ban is possible eventually on all bags in
NFL stadiums. He plans to discuss that with the 32 teams in the
”I am a proponent always that we have to be careful about
allowing bags in stadiums,” Miller said. ”I am not a big fan of
that; there are too many variables there.
”It is part of our best practices protocols at stadiums to not
allow the large backpacks. We say if you do allow bags, they must
sit within the template for size.”
That’s usually 12 inches by 12 inches by 12 inches or
”And the bag has to be screened first,” he added. ”I would
say going forward we will see less tolerance for the introduction
of bags into stadiums.”
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