Super Bowl events attract bomb sniffing dogs in metro Phoenix

By Christina Estes
Published: Tuesday, January 31, 2023 - 4:50pm
Updated: Tuesday, January 31, 2023 - 6:11pm

Soldier bomb-sniffing dog
Matthew Casey/KJZZ
Soldier, a 7-year old yellow Lab, works for the Phoenix Police Department bomb squad.

Starting this weekend, Super Bowl-related events will kick off in downtown Phoenix, and the crowds will include bomb technicians and canines.

Every event venue requests bomb sweeps, said Phoenix police Cmdr. Brian Lee. To meet demand across the Valley, out of state and federal partners will provide resources. 

“This includes 117 bomb technicians that are being brought in from various areas to support the region. A hundred four additional explosive device canine handlers, and we’re also going to have continuing ongoing support from local and federal partners, including the FBI, the ATF,” he told a City Council subcommittee.

Lee said the TSA will have 10 canine teams working light rail. Daily sweeps for explosives will be conducted at the railyard as well as the platform nearest the Footprint Center and convention center. Extra patrol officers will also focus on the light rail system.

“They will be both posted at various locations along the route as well as at the platforms and we will also have additional staff that will actually be on the trains,” Lee said.

Ticket holders for Super Bowl Experience at the Phoenix Convention Center on Feb. 4-5 and Feb. 9-11 and Hance Park on Feb. 9-12 can ride light rail for free by downloading the NFL OnePass app and QR code, located within the Rewards section of the app. The QR code should be presented to a fare inspector upon request. 

Ticket holders for opening night at the Footprint Center can use an existing program with the venue in which their event tickets serve as light rail fare.

Phoenix created this web page with information to help visitors plan and get around during Super Bowl festivities. The Super Bowl Host Committee has a roster of events across the Valley.