EAST RUTHERFORD - With Super Bowl XLVIII only 18 days away, officials are putting the finishing touches on security plans that they say will keep fans safe.
New Jersey State Police, the FBI, and the Department of Homeland Security will provide layers of protection during Super Bowl weekend. They say fans should expect airport-type security on mass transit as well as at the game.
Officials say the work started almost four years ago, and intensified over the last year.
Every building in the Meadowlands Sports Complex will be used during Super Bowl week for events and parties. The area covers some 750 acres, which includes roads, waterways and airspace.
"The NFL hosted a series of scenarios this morning," says State Police Col. Rick Fuentes, "where probably for about the sixth or seventh time in recent months we went over every contingency plan and what would be the way we address that."
Those scenarios included a possible terror strike, with the Boston Marathon in mind. But officials say they'll have much more control here at the Meadowlands.
The area goes on lockdown starting the Sunday night before the Super Bowl. Vehicles will be searched, which could disrupt normal activity around the perimeter.
Other topics discussed Wednesday include the possibility of a power outage and weather concerns.
For the news conference on Super Bowl security, watch the clip to the left or click News 12 Extra on Optimum TV channel 612.