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New York City Police Will Be Militarized During Super Bowl Pre-Game Activities

| by Michael Allen

Super Bowl XLVIII will be held at the MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N. J. on Feb. 2 and there will be a "Super Bowl Boulevard" event in New York City from Jan. 29 to Feb. 1, 2014.

Super Bowl Boulevard will include free, interactive football-related activities on Broadway between 34th and 44th Streets, notes NYCGo.com.

According to Bloomberg News, the New York City Police Department (NYPD) will be turning parts of New York City into what sounds like a police state or militarized zone.

The NYPD will be using heavy weapons, gun boats, radiation detectors, canine teams, foot patrols and closed-circuit TV cameras to deter possible terrorist attacks.

“As always the NYPD is taking a multilayered approach to protect the public at these events. Many of the technologies and procedures that we will be employing throughout this period are already being used throughout the city on a daily basis,” said Counterterrorism Bureau Inspector John O’Connell at a press conference on Tuesday.

When asked if people will be allowed to carry backpacks or other bags on Super Bowl Boulevard, O’Connell said he wasn't “prepared to answer that right now.”

However, backpacks and bags won’t be allowed inside MetLife Stadium unless they’re clear. The NFL implemented a “clear bag policy” earlier this year, which is supposed to “enhance public safety.”

Tailgating parties have been banned from the Super Bowl and people will not be allowed to walk to MetLife Stadium, reported ESPN.

“You cannot walk to the Super Bowl," said the games’ committee CEO Al Kelly. "You can get your hotel to drop you off at one of the New Jersey Transit locations or get the shuttle to take you to a Fan Express location, but you cannot walk."

Fewer than half of the 28,000 parking places will be available for fans at the stadium and parking passes will cost $150 each. The passes are normally $30 during the regular season, notes the Associated Press.

It's also likely that Super Bowl attendees will be subjected to TSA-type pat downs and metal detectors.

Sources: NYCGo.com, ESPN, Bloomberg News, Associated Press