FBI opens Operations Center ahead of Super Bowl to monitor any possible threats to big game
NEWARK - The FBI says it considers the Super Bowl a possible target for terrorism and its agents are doing everything possible to make the big game as safe as possible for athletes and fans.
At the FBI's Operations Center, located 9 miles from MetLife Stadium, the agency is analyzing and preparing for every scenario. It's where they determine whether every terror threat that comes off the street or through cyberspace is credible.
Agents have been working for the last year gathering intelligence in preparation for the Super Bowl.
"Just know the men and women of the FBI are out there while some of us sleep," says Special Agent Aaron Ford. "We are out there doing what is needed to be done to make sure that this event goes as safely as possible."
There are 35 agencies working together with eyes on team hotels, rail yards and the stadium. Ford says with both the Jets and Giants in town, they've had 16 games to work on game security.
"We have experience at locking down that facility," Ford says. "We have control of that facility. We determine who comes in and what they bring in with them."
FBI agents say they are most concerned with homegrown terror threats, but would not confirm if there are any current threats.
Ford says they're gathering intel and, when necessary, will perform surveillance on someone who is deemed a threat.
The Operations Center opened Monday and will stay up and running until Feb. 3.