ATLANTA (ABC4 News) – Just over a year ago, Atlanta hosted the College Football Playoff National Championship Game. Now, Atlanta is up to hosting another big event, Super Bowl 53.
The big game calls for a big security presence as well, because the Super Bowl is one of the largest sporting events in the world.
Around a million people are expected to be in Atlanta during the week of the big game. With the influx of people, security is a top priority. 1,700 members of the Atlanta Police Department are active and alternating 12-hour shifts and there are more than 50 local, state and federal agencies lending a hand.
Inside the Joint Operations Center, a staff of 50 plus people, are able to monitor more than 10,000 cameras that are located throughout the city, and specifically inside the Super Bowl footprint.
Members of the Rams and Patriots have their own security detail through the NFL, although the city will help out at the team hotels and practice facilities… so the players and coaches can focus on football.
Several members of the Atlanta Police Department were on sight for the past two Super Bowls in Houston and in Minneapolis, to understand what to expect for the event.