Military jets will conduct defense exercises over the skies of MetLife Stadium, where the Super Bowl will be played, as part of security precautions.
According to the Defense Department, “Fighter jets from the Continental United States North American Aerospace Defense Command Region, known as CONR,” will conduct “air defense exercise flights in the area of the stadium are expected to begin around 4:30 a.m. EST” on Wednesday and continue for an hour. The jets will practice how they will respond to aircraft that may potentially violate airspace restrictions during the game.
“There are a lot of interagency partners involved in the air defense of this year’s Super Bowl,” said Air Force Lt. Gen. William H. Etter in a statement. “With multiple agencies involved, coordination between all air-defense partners is crucial. This exercise allows all of the interagency partners to come together before the game to hone their air defense skills and ensure communications are working properly.”
He said that, “On Super Bowl Sunday and every other day, the men and women of the Continental U.S. NORAD Region are on watch, making sure our skies are safe.”