Pence to attend Super Bowl: report

Pence to attend Super Bowl: report

Vice President Pence will attend Sunday’s Super Bowl at Houston's NRG Stadium, according to a new report.

Pence’s presence would make him the fourth sitting vice president to attend the NFL’s annual championship game, CNN said Friday.

CNN said it confirmed Pence’s planned appearance with two Trump administration officials and a third source familiar with the vice president’s travel plans.

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Pence press secretary Marc Lotter refused to confirm the vice president's attendance. Pence’s full schedule will be released later Friday.

Former Vice Presidents Al GoreAl GoreCNN to host town hall featuring Nancy Pelosi Tucker Carlson: Calling others 'racist' used to be a 'big deal' West Coast states eye early presidential primaries   MORE, George H.W. Bush and Spiro Agnew also attended the football clash during their time in office.

This year’s game pits the New England Patriots against the Atlanta Falcons in a matchup to determine the 2016 NFL champion. Super Bowl LI is the league’s 51st championship and will feature pop singer Lady Gaga as the event’s halftime performer.

Security for the hotly anticipated game was expected to be tight even before Pence’s reported appearance.

The Department of Homeland Security has designated the Super Bowl as a top-tier national security event, with federal officials spending months on safety.

Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank made headlines Monday by criticizing President Trump’s temporary ban on travelers from seven Muslim-majority nations.

“I’m troubled by anything directionally in our country that separates people,” Blank told reporters in Houston. "America started without any of us, other than Native Americans.”

“This country was built on inclusion and diversity, on celebration of these differences, and everybody being the very best they can be in their own way,” added Blank, who is Jewish. "I’m opposed to anything that takes away from that.”

The controversial measure imposed a 90-day freeze on arrivals from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Syria, Sudan and Yemen.

Trump’s executive order also paused general refugee admissions into the U.S. for 120 days, along with an indefinite freeze on Syrian refugees.

Neither Pence nor Trump has publicly picked a favorite in Sunday’s game, but the president repeatedly touted his friendship with Patriots quarterback Tom Brady during his 2016 Oval Office bid.

Former President George H.W. Bush will handle the event’s pre-game coin toss along with his wife, former first lady Barbara Bush.