Federal official details 2014 Super Bowl security efforts at congressional hearing

Andrew McLees, who facilitated federal planning efforts at the 2014 Super Bowl in East Rutherford, N.J., testified on Monday at a hearing of the House Homeland Security Subcommittee on Emergency Preparedness, Response and Communications.

McLees detailed the Department of Homeland Security's role at the Super Bowl, including preparation and cooperation with local, state and federal law enforcement agencies. Part of that planning process included assigning the Super Bowl a required DHS Special Event Assessment Rating (SEAR), which considers factors including attendance, facility type and iconic value. The Super Bowl was given the highest SEAR rating on the scale.

McLees also led the Federal Coordination Team that worked in coordination with the New Jersey State Police to leverage federal agencies in securing MetLife Stadium for the Super Bowl. McLees described specific instances of support, including when Federal Aviation Administration assistance was requested to establish a temporary flight restriction zone in the vicinity of the stadium for Super Bowl Sunday.

McLees said successful experiences like the 2014 Super Bowl will aid in providing better federal support for future events.

"We will build upon the success of our involvement in providing resources in support of prior Super Bowls, the recent Indianapolis 500 race, and other previously-held events, and will continue to impart our lessons learned for the safety and security of all future mass gatherings," McLees said.