The National Football League draft is always a big-time attendance draw at New York’s Radio City Music Hall. When the next installment of the draft takes place beginning on Thursday night and running through Saturday, it will do so under increased security, a move made in acknowledgment of the Boston Marathon.
Everyone who enters the legendary venue will be screened and personal property will be searched. The use of metal detectors and pat-downs will also be in force. Those with the league as well as the players and family members in attendance are also subject to the measures.
In light of the current state of affairs, we decided to make adjustments for the fans’ safety.
“In light of the current state of affairs, we decided to make adjustments for the fans’ safety,” Jeff Miller, NFL security chief, told the Associated Press. “We had a concern about individuals that might want to replicate what occurred or approach another sporting type event. This is the first large event in New York City on the sports events side since the events in Boston.”
Some of the items that have been part of the festive scene indoor before including footballs, beach balls, horns and noisemakers are prohibited. Forget bringing in a beverage, as well.
Miller said there will be about 20 percent more security personnel and increased K-9 explosive detective teams on site.
“There will be some very visible things and we’ll also be doing things behind the scenes that people won’t notice,” said Miller, while adding that the NFL is working with the New York Police Department, federal authorities and private security firms.