Written By Digital Content Editor Thomas Ahearn

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is working closely with state and local officials to lead federal efforts to ensure the safety and security of employees, players, and fans during Super Bowl LVII at State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Arizona on Sunday, February 12, 2023, according to a press release from the DHS.

Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro N. Mayorkas visited Phoenix and Glendale, Arizona this week to inspect security operations, meet with federal, state, and local law enforcement and emergency responders, and engage with the National Football League (NFL) and its partners leading up to “Super Sunday.”

DHS’s support includes over 600 personnel providing air security resources; venue, cyber, and infrastructure security assessments; chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, and explosives detection technologies; intelligence analysis and threat assessments; intellectual property enforcement; and real-time awareness.

Super Bowl LVII was voluntarily submitted to DHS for a risk assessment – as with past Super Bowls – and was classified as Special Event Assessment Rating (SEAR) Level 1, meaning that it requires extensive federal support. To secure this event, DHS and its partners are bringing federal resources to bear that include:

  • DHS is continuing its partnership with the NFL on the “If You See Something, Say Something®” public awareness campaign during the Super Bowl. The campaign is using social media, displays within the stadium, and advertising throughout the Phoenix and Glendale areas to raise public awareness of the importance of reporting terrorism-related suspicious activity.
  • The DHS Blue Campaign is partnering with the Arizona Counter Terrorism Information Center, Arizona Human Trafficking Council, and Arizona Governor’s Office of Youth, Faith and Family, on digital and out-of-home advertising in the Glendale and Phoenix area to spread awareness of human trafficking. Blue Lightning Initiative is partnering with local area airports, to raise awareness and train staff to recognize and report human trafficking.
  • On Super Bowl Sunday, the Arizona Counter Terrorism Information Center will partner with the NFL to host a tip line where the public and game attendees can report suspicious activity. For attendees within State Farm Stadium, they may call 623-433-7156 or text 623-400-2210. Outside of the stadium, the public may call 1-877-429-8477 or call local authorities.

The DHS has not identified any credible threats related to this event but continues to support operational capabilities to secure the event, curtail the sale of counterfeit goods, counter potential threats from the air, including unmanned aircraft systems, and prevent other criminal activities in support of local efforts.

“Dedicated DHS personnel are on the ground preparing and coordinating, and stand ready to provide operational and technical support to the NFL, State of Arizona, and the cities of Glendale and Phoenix to keep Super Bowl LVII safe and ensure everyone can enjoy the game,” Secretary Mayorkas stated in the press release.

“At the Department of Homeland Security, our core mission is to ensure the safety of the American public – including at special events like the Super Bowl. DHS is a department of partnerships, and our efforts here rely on our partnerships with federal, state, local, tribal, and campus agencies, and of course, the NFL,” he said.

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