After the bombings at the Boston Marathon, the NFL has announced increased security measures for inside and outside of Radio City Music Hall in New York City for the 2013 NFL draft that begins Thursday night.
Jefffery Miller, NFL Vice President and Chief Security Officer released a statement regarding the security measures:
“The NFL and its clubs have operated with a very high level of security since 9/11 for all of our games and events. With the help of the FBI, New York Police Department, Radio City and our private security partners, we will enhance our already comprehensive plans for the safety of our fans and other attendees,” said Miller, via nflcommunications.com.
Those attending the draft will be subjected to security screenings, including metal detectors and pat-downs. Anyone that refuses to go through these checks will not be allowed inside for the Draft. The two bombers in the Boston Marathon used backpacks to conceal their bombs, so officials urge fans attending the draft to minimize what they bring with them to a small bag to reduce the amount of time it takes to search through each bag. All items will be inspected.
The NFL has issued a list of items not allowed inside Radio City Music Hall:
- Backpacks and coolers
- Non-service animals
- Food and drinks
- Laser pointers
- Noisemakers such as air horns
- Any type of weapon or mace
- Footballs, oddly enough
You can view the full list of prohibited items and other instructions for Draft attendees here.