Extra Security In Place For Giants-49ers NFC Championship
NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) – The Giants are on the road to glory but the wintry weather could leave some Giants fans benched in the Tri-state area. While countless fans will watch the NFC Championship game at home or in bars, others plan to fly out to see the big game in person.
These die-hard Giants fans say they’re not about to let some snow keep them from being in San Francisco tomorrow to see Big Blue take on the 49ers.
“If they cancel the flight, I’d be the first one to say drive and go 150 miles an hour the whole way,” said Giants fan Danny Bartell.
“I think we’ll still get there, but with the snow, I don’t know,” said Giants fan Jonathan Bartell. “It could delay a couple of flights.”
And there will be extra security to keep them safe along the way.
Complaints of hostile fans at Candlestick Park last week have prompted the 49ers organization and the NFL to bring in extra undercover officers for the NFC Championship.
Officers dressed as Giants fans will keep an eye out for trouble makers. Extra cameras will also be in use to make sure the fight stays on the field.
Authorities say they don’t want a repeat of the threats and harassment that New Orleans Saints fans complained about after last weekend’s playoff game. The nail-biting 36-32 win for the 49ers was the team’s first playoff game in nine years, and a raucous crowd was on hand to enjoy the victory at the expense of the Saints.
“I apologize for any rudeness that may have happened,” San Francisco 49ers president and CEO Jed York.
NFL security director Jeff Miller said that if the security cameras or undercover police catch abusive fan behavior, they will be yanked from the stadium.
“We’ll be looking early on to identify people trying to do those things in the parking areas and take action to remove them,” said Miller, who will be at the game. “We’re not going to be warning people inside the stadium. They will be removed.”
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