Umbrellas, noisemakers make list of prohibited items on Super Bowl Sunday

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - Football fans take note - umbrellas are out for the big game on Sunday.
For that matter, so are fireworks, beach balls and flying discs.
Other items prohibited in Sun Life Stadium on Super Bowl Sunday included backpacks, strollers, laser pointers and coolers, according to information released Monday. Bottles and cans were on the banned list, as were camcorders, pepper spray, horns, poles and sticks.
"The message is, for the fans, please be patient with us," Broward County Sheriff Al Lamberti said. "We're just looking out for your safety. Because as we've heard before, we have to be successful 100 per cent of the time, the bad guys only have to get lucky once."
Camera and binocular cases also won't be allowed in the stadium.
"We don't allow those in for the reason that they're hard to screen," NFL vice-president of security Milt Ahlerich said. "We need to be sure there's nothing being brought in in these things. So they will be prohibited at the gates."
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TOURISM: Party on, South Florida.
Though the economy played a "huge role" in planning the Super Bowl, local organizers said entertaining is back in style, much more than it was during last year's game in Tampa, when events were cancelled and guest lists reduced.
"The parties are back on, there's no question. ... Some of the corporations and organizations that had cancelled in Tampa, for a variety of reasons, they're back on," Nicki Grossman, president of the Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention and Visitors Bureau said. "Their events are all scheduled. Parties are not a problem this time around. We're very enthusiastic that the economy may take a vacation for this next week."
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NAPOLITANO ON SECURITY: U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, in town to tour the Super Bowl stadium, downplayed the impact of the failed bombing of a Detroit-bound airliner on the game's security plans.
"I don't think the Christmas Day attempted bombing has had an effect," Napolitano said. "These plans have been in place for several years. And they keep getting worked and refined the closer you get to the game. But the event in Detroit had no direct impact."
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BAD JOKE OF THE DAY: The Saints' Reggie Bush on whether the rain affected his team in any way: "Well, it put a damper on things."

Organizations: NFL, Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention, Visitors Bureau Homeland Security

Geographic location: FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., Sun Life Stadium, Tampa Broward Detroit South Florida U.S. Bowl stadium

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