From a security standpoint, the Super Bowl is more than just a one-day event. It is a 10-day operational period during which 1 million visitors come to stay in anticipation of the game. Such a large-scale event is unavoidably going to draw a lot of attention, not all of it welcome.
Making a Coordinated Effort
Potential terrorists see an event like the Super Bowl as an opportunity to cause as much harm and destruction as possible while the spotlight is focused on the proceedings. For this reason, the police department in Atlanta took a proactive approach to Super Bowl security, making a concerted two-year effort to anticipate and plan for every possible contingency, observing security measures during two Super Bowls in other cities to learn from them.
The endeavor involved coordination of over 40 government agencies at the local, state, and federal level, and involved law enforcement patrols on foot with detection dogs, riding on horseback and motorcycles, and flying in the air in helicopters. Delta Scientific and our high-security barricade systems had a part to play in the ultimate success of the event.
Learning From Past Mistakes
It had been more than 20 years since Atlanta had hosted an event of this magnitude. One of the more infamous large events the city has hosted in the recent past was the 1996 Summer Olympics, an event that was marred by tragedy due to a bombing that wounded more than 100 people and claimed one life.
At the time, security personnel underestimated the threat to venues related to the Olympics but not directly involved. The bombing happened not at the facilities where the athletic competitions were taking place or at the Olympic Village that housed the athletes, but at Centennial Olympic Park, a downtown public area where security was intentionally kept more lax in order to keep the area more “family friendly.” This decision, acknowledged as a mistake in hindsight, made the park a soft target for the lone-wolf domestic terrorist who staged the attack.
Maintaining a Presence
Well before Super Bowl LIII took place, Delta Scientific has been a part of the security environment at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, which is enhanced thanks to the installation of permanent, high-security bollards and barricades with high K ratings.
Part of the reason for the success of the security at the Super Bowl was a temporary 7-mile perimeter around the Mercedes-Benz stadium in which only foot traffic was allowed. For single-events like the big game, Delta Scientific also provides portable, temporary barriers.
Delta Scientific is proud to have contributed to the success of the Super Bowl and the safety of its spectators. To discuss how our security solutions can benefit you, contact us by phone at (661) 575-1100, fax, email at info@DeltaScientific.com, or through our convenient online form.