Our priority is of safety and security of everyone in attendance, and that is what we are focused upon. And when there’s an additional celebrity who will bring more attention, we are already at a heightened state of vigilance in fulfilling our responsibility, just as we do every single day.United States Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas discussing security measures for the Super Bowl 58 taking place in Las Vegas this weekend.
Why It Matters: Sunday’s football game between the Kansas City Chiefs and San Francisco 49ers is expected to have about 65,000 people in attendance. The Department of Homeland Security designates the game as a SEAR (Special Event Assessment Rating) 1 event, meaning federal agencies establish “extensive” security support for the game. So far, officials from the FBI and Secret Service have not come across any “specific or credible” threats leading up to the game.
While many wonder whether singer-songwriter Taylor Swift will attend the game in support of boyfriend Travis Kelce, tight end for the Chiefs, her possible attendance has brought discussion about security related to her potentially being there. Kansas City Chiefs owner Clark Hunt explained that Swift is “obviously a security issue anywhere she goes,” though noted “She has a really talented security team. They liaison with our security team, and we make sure we get her into and out of the stadium safely.”
US Homeland chief joins officials in Vegas declaring Super Bowl a ‘no drone zone’ (The Associated Press)
by Emily Hooker, based in Texas