NFL Outlines Super Bowl Security and Game Day Plans

Jan 31, 2013

Security screening at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome will be significantly heightened for the Super Bowl. The National Football League is strongly recommending that spectators minimize the number and size of all items carried into the stadium.

Items carried by spectators will be carefully inspected. Everyone entering the stadium on Super Bowl Sunday will be subject to security screenings, including metal detectors, pat-downs, and other special security checks. Spectators choosing not to consent to the NFL's security requirements will be refused admission. 

Certain items may not be brought into the stadium. Small bags, subject to check, will be permitted but binocular and camera cases, among other items, will not be allowed. Spectators are urged to carry nothing larger than a small purse or bag.  The NFL and Superdome will not hold prohibited or excluded items for spectators.

Federal and state law enforcement resources and the U.S. military are supporting area law enforcement, fire, emergency management and public health entities. In addition, private security companies hired by the NFL also contribute to the high level of security applied to the Super Bowl.

Temporary flight restrictions will be in place on Super Bowl Sunday that will prohibit private aircraft from operating in a large radius around the sports complex. No blimps or other aircraft will be allowed to circle the premises.

Gameday Fan Information

Traffic flow, parking and stadium entry will be much different for the Super Bowl than during the regular season at the Superdome.

Stadium gates open at 1 p.m. Fans are encouraged to arrive early to avoid delays and expedite entrance for everyone. In-stadium festivities begin at 4:30 p.m., with kickoff at approximately 5:30 p.m.

Only people with tickets or credentials will be allowed within the security perimeter around the Superdome. Everyone entering the stadium, including children, must have a ticket for the game.

Fans can go through any of the screening points on the security perimeter and then proceed to the gate marked on their tickets.  Fans will not be able to re-enter the secured perimeter once they leave.

Wheelchair attendees and their companions must have tickets designated “wheelchair.”

NFL Fan Code of Conduct Program

NFL teams implemented a fan code of conduct policy in 2008. The code of conduct will be enforced during the Super Bowl. As such, guests are required to refrain from the following:

  • Behavior that is unruly, disruptive, or illegal in nature
  • Intoxication or other signs of alcohol impairment that results in irresponsible behavior
  • Foul or abusive language or obscene gestures
  • Interference with the progress of the game (including throwing objects on the field)
  • Failing to follow instruction of stadium personnel
  • Verbal or physical harassment of opposing team fans

Guests who are subjected to unruly fans, or witness violations of the Fan Code of Conduct, can quickly receive assistance by calling a special telephone number or sending a text to anonymously report fan conduct violations. These phone and text lines will be visibly posted in the stadium during the game. Fans also may visit one of the Guest Services/Information Booths at any point during the Super Bowl. NFL guest services staff will be on standby ready to assist.

Prohibited Items in the Superdome

The following list is a guide only. It is not intended to be all-inclusive.

  • Weapons of any kind
  • Fireworks
  • Camcorders
  • Umbrellas
  • Strollers
  • Beach balls
  • Frisbees
  • Poles, Sticks
  • Laser lights and pointers
  • Containers of any type
  • Coolers of any size
  • Backpacks
  • Bottles
  • Cans, hairspray
  • Camera cases and binocular cases/tripods
  • Mace/pepper spray
  • Banners
  • Noisemakers, Horns

Cameras and Binoculars — Small cameras and binoculars will be allowed. Camera cases and binocular cases are prohibited. No spectator cameras with lenses longer than six inches will be permitted. Camcorders are prohibited.

Electronic Devices — Spectators are strongly urged not to bring electronic devices into the stadium. Any electronic device will be thoroughly inspected, causing delays for the spectator with the device. Electronic devices include, but are not limited to, camcorders, televisions, radios, and computer tablets.

Prohibited items and items determined inappropriate for entry into the stadium will be the responsibility of the ticket holder and cannot be accepted or checked by the NFL or the Superdome. All spectators are urged to secure these items in vehicles or hotel rooms.