MINNEAPOLIS – One of the weird stories after last year’s Super Bowl was the theft of New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady’s game jersey from the post-game locker room by a member of the international media. The NFL has changed its Super Bowl safety procedures this year to make sure this doesn’t happen again.
As part of the new procedures, the credentials of media entering the dressing rooms after the match will be scanned via RFID readers which will make it possible to know who is in the dressing rooms at all times. Media covering the Super Bowl received this information in a press release Thursday outlining game day proceedings:
âOnly people who have received a functional press card will be admitted to the locker room after the match. Anyone entering or leaving the locker room must “tap” and “tap” when entering or exiting using the RF readers located at the entrance to the locker There will be an electronic chip embedded in each piece of ID – both media and non-media – and electronic readers at the entrance. your come back.”
RF chips and readers are new. In normal NFL games – as was the case in previous Super Bowls – credentials were visually checked by locker room security personnel. You needed a pass to get in, but you could come and go as you please as long as you kept showing it, and no logs were kept of who came in and went out and when. In light of Brady’s jersey situation last year, the NFL has decided to take extra precautions this year.
âWe’ve done a lot of work since the Super Bowl last year, not only with the clubs but also with our stadium and with the technology,â said Cathy Lanier, NFL Security Officer. âThe credentials have changed and the system itself has changed. Who has access, where and how they have access to it has changed. Specifically, which door you enter and what time you have access to enter through that door. .
âThe way we like to look at it is that we do whatever we can with cameras and technology to keep things safe until that door to the locker room. Then we rely on our partners at our clubs, and that would be the Patriots and Eagles that are here, to make sure that with whatever is going on inside that locker room, they stay safe. It’s been a thorough review and some significant changes we’ve had. brought in, but as you know, even with people accredited in an enhanced security operation, there may be incidents, and we hope that does not happen this year.