Security for College Football Championship Game Is Strengthened

Security personnel patrolled outside University of Phoenix Stadium before last season’s Super Bowl.

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PHOENIX — The city of Phoenix will deploy more security personnel for the college football championship than for last year’s Super Bowl, as federal authorities warn about the risk of terrorist attacks at crowded public events.

The title game follows recent attacks in San Bernardino, Calif., and Paris that have raised alarm and led the United States Department of Homeland Security to warn about the possibility of homegrown extremists targeting big events.

“We’ve seen so many things recently; Paris, for example,” said Shelly Jamison, a Phoenix Fire Department spokeswoman who is helping lead security coordination at the College Football Playoff title game. “We are going to have a lot of bodies out there looking for that kind of thing. We are being very proactive.”

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