Mayor: Kenmore Square Closed to Traffic During Super Bowl for Public Safety

Kenmore Square will be shut down at the end of the third quarter to keep pedestrians safe.

Boston Mayor Marty Walsh and Police Commissioner William Evans held a news conference Friday to discuss Sunday's Super Bowl security plans for Boston.

"We're asking you to behave responsibly and safely," said Walsh. 

Traffic will be shut down in Kenmore Square at the end of the third quarter of the Super Bowl game.

Bars in the Kenmore Square area are also being told not to admit more people inside after the beginning of the fourth quarter.

Evans spoke about having a lot of officers in the Kenmore Square area, but he's confident it won't drain resources. He plans on having plenty of officers throughout the city.

Boston Police Commissioner William Evans talks about keeping cars out of Kenmore Square to ensure pedestrian’s safety.

"We're getting good at winning and hopefully we're getting good at crowd control," Evans said.

Earlier this week, Evans said there will be “zero tolerance” for disruptive or illegal behavior from students during Super Bowl LI. 

On Thursday the City of Boston issued traffic closures and and parking restrictions for Sunday. 

Evans wrote in a letter Monday that Boston students should celebrate responsibly. 

He said in the letter, “Boston and its surrounding communities are fortunate to have exceptional athletic teams and the most loyal and enthusiastic fans. It is our hope that you enjoy the festivities and celebrate in a safe and responsible manner.” 

He said that any students who act out in a disruptive way will have their named turned over to their respective Dean of Students. 

Evans said there will be parking restrictions in/around the Brighton area, Kenmore Square, Northeastern, Faneuil Hall and North Station areas. 

Extra patrols will be in those areas as well. He recommends people be mindful of their surroundings and walk without headphones in. 

He wrapped up celebrating Boston sports fans, saying, “Keep in mind that you all play a role in our effort to ensure that the City of Boston is a shining example of stellar sports teams and their fans! Go Pats!"

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