On the wintry streets of downtown
Minneapolis, ice crunches underfoot. The wind is whipping, and the
temperature hovers in the teens. The weather will be one of the many
topics under discussion inside the city’s convention center, where
officials from every local, state, and federal organization involved
with security at this year’s Super Bowl have gathered to put their
planning and preparation to the test.
With the big game just
around the corner, participants at this recent daylong exercise—the
first time everyone has come together under one roof—will be asked to
simulate their agency’s responses to a variety of scenarios, from an
active shooter event to reuniting a missing child with a parent to
keeping fans and first responders warm in the frigid Minnesota winter.
two years of planning has taken place, largely behind the scenes, to
make sure that Super Bowl LII—and the 10 days of events leading up to
the kickoff at U.S. Bank Stadium on February 4—is safe and secure.
Nothing has been left to chance, not even the weather.