Secret Service releases official Pope Map and banned item list

The Secret Service released a statement this afternoon listing the official pedestrian routes for all of the papal visit events, as well as a list of items that will be banned within the security perimeter. 

Perhaps the biggest reveal: there will be a ticket-holder only area surrounding the Ben Franklin Parkway from the Art Museum down to 20th Street for the mass that Pope Francis will celebrate on Sunday. The remainder of the Parkway will be open to non-ticketed guests. Previously, the Sunday mass was advertised as being a non-ticketed event, but World Meeting of Families officials had alluded to the possibility of some ticket-only areas. 

The speech on immigration and religious freedom planned for Saturday afternoon at Independence Mall will also be a ticket holder-only event, it appears. 

This map does not show the traffic-restricted Francis Festival Grounds, which is much larger.

The Secret Service also provided a prohibited item list for the secured areas that finally considers selfie sticks as dangerous as firearms, explosives and “structures”. That list, along with the rest of the press release, is below.

Check out the map and the accompanying papal visit guide below. It’s also attached as a .pdf at the bottom of this article. For more information about the papal visit, check out NewsWorks’ Pope in Philly coverage.

U.S. Secret Service Papal Visit Guide
(U.S. Secret Service)

SECRET SERVICE PRESS RELEASE

Here is the press release in its near entirety.

(Philadelphia, PA) –  The Secret Service in cooperation with its local, state and federal security public safety partners, have developed a Pedestrian Walking Map for the 2015 Papal visit to Philadelphia, PA.

The following streets have been identified as pedestrian routes to all event sites onSaturday, September 26, 2015 and Sunday, September 27, 2015.  The suggested pedestrian route that is chosen will depend on your transit drop-off location and event site destination.  A pedestrian map is attached.

  • Poplar Street from Poplar Drive to N 27th Street
  • N 27th Street from Poplar Drive to Parrish Street
  • Parrish Street from N 27th Street to N 20th Street
  • N 20th Street from Parrish Street to Green Street
  • Green Street from N 20th Street to N Broad Street
  • N Broad Street from points north to Callowhill Street
  • N 19th Street from Green Street to Spring Garden Street
  • Spring Garden Street from N 19th Street to N Broad Street
  • Callowhill Street from N Broad Street to N 2nd Street
  • N 11th Street from Callowhill Street to Filbert Street
  • N 5th Street from Callowhill Street to the East Side of Franklin Square and the WB ramp of I-676 (Ben Franklin Bridge)
  • Ben Franklin Bridge (WB lanes only) to Camden, NJ
  • N 2nd & S 2nd Streets from Callowhill Street to Dock Street
  • Dock Street from S 2nd Street to Spruce Street
  • Spruce Street from Dock Street to S 18th Street
  • S 10th Street between Locust Street and Spruce Street
  • S Broad Street from Locust Street to all points South toward the Sports Complex
  • S 18th Street from Spruce Street to Walnut Street
  • S 19th Street from Walnut Street to Chestnut Street

·       Chestnut Street from S 19th Street, past 33rd Street and points West

  • Walnut Street from S 18th Street to 33rd Street
  • South Street from Convention Avenue and University of Pennsylvania’s Franklin Field to 33rd Street
  • 33rd Street to Chestnut Street
  • Schuylkill Av from Market Street to Walnut Street

The following streets have been identified as pedestrian routes for Parkway ticket holders attending the Festival of Families and World Meeting of Families Prayer Vigil events on Saturday, September 26, 2015 and the Papal Mass on Sunday, September 27, 2015.  A pedestrian map is attached.

  • N 22nd Street from Green Street to Pennsylvania Avenue
  • Spring Street from N 23rd Street to N 22nd Street
  • Green Street from N 22nd Street to N 20th Street
  • N 21st Street from Green Street to Pennsylvania Avenue
  • Hamilton Street from N 21st Street to Pennsylvania Avenue
  • N 20th Street from Green Street to intersection of Pennsylvania Avenue and Callowhill Street
  • S 20th Street from Chestnut to N 20th Street and Race Street
  • Cuthbert Street from N 20th Street to N 21st Street
  • N 21st Street from Cuthbert Street to Winter Street

Below are the Ben Franklin Parkway event security entry points for ticket holders onSaturday, September 26, 2015 (Festival of Families) and Sunday, September 27, 2015 (Papal Mass), beginning at 6:00 a.m. each day.  A Pedestrian map is attached.

  • Pennsylvania Avenue at the intersection of N 23rd Street and Spring Garden Street
  • N 22nd Street at the intersection of Pennsylvania Avenue and Hamilton Street
  • Hamilton Street between N 21st and N 22nd Streets
  • 21st Street between Hamilton Street and Pennsylvania Avenue
  • N 20th Street at the intersection of Pennsylvania Avenue and Callowhill Street
  • N 20th Street at Race Street
  • N 21st Street at Winter Street

The following streets have been identified as pedestrian routes for Ben Franklin Parkway Non-Ticket Holders (General Public) attending the Festival of Families and World Meeting of Families Prayer Vigil events on Saturday, September 26, 2015 and the Papal Mass on Sunday, September 27, 2015.  A pedestrian map is attached.

  • N 19th Street from Spring Garden Street to Wood Street
  • N Broad Street from Callowhill Street to Cherry Street
  • Race Street from N Broad Street to N 15th Street
  • N 15th Street from Race Street to Cherry Street
  • S Broad Street from Chestnut Street to Locust Street
  • S 15th Street from Chestnut Street to Spruce Street
  • S 19th Street from Cherry Street to Chestnut Street
  • 18th Street from Cherry Street to John F. Kennedy Boulevard
  • John F. Kennedy Boulevard from 19th Street to 17th Street
  • Market Street from 19th Street to 17th Street

Below are the Ben Franklin Parkway event security entry points for non-ticket holders on Saturday, September 26, 2015 ONLY (Festival of Families), beginning at 6:00 a.m.  A pedestrian map is attached.

  • N 15th Street at Cherry Street
  • N Broad Street at Cherry Street
  • S Broad Street at Chestnut Street
  • S 15th Street at Chestnut Street
  • S17th Street at Market Street
  • S 17th Street at John F. Kennedy Boulevard

Below are the Ben Franklin Parkway event security entry points for non-ticket holders on Sunday, September 27, 2015 (Papal Mass), beginning at 6:00 a.m.  A pedestrian map is attached.

  • N 19th Street at Wood Street
  • N 18th Street at Cherry Street
  • N 19th Street at Cherry Street

The following streets have been identified as pedestrian routes for Independence Mall ticket holders attending the Meeting for Religious Freedom events on Saturday, September 26, 2015 ONLY.  A pedestrian map is attached.

  • N 6th Street from Callowhill Street to Race Street
  • Race Street from N 5th Street to N 2nd Street
  • Arch Street from N 5th Street to N 2nd Street
  • Market Street from N 4th Street to N 2nd Street

Below are the Independence Mall event security entry points for ticket holders onSaturday, September 26, 2015 ONLY (Meeting for Religious Freedom), beginning at6:00 a.m.  A Pedestrian map is attached.

  • N 6th Street at Race Street
  • N 5th Street at Race Street
  • N 5th Street at Arch Street
  • N 4th Street at Market Street
  • S 4th Street at Chestnut Street

Security Screenings:  All attendees, including general public and ticketed guests, will be subject to a thorough security screening before entering the events on the Ben Franklin Parkway and Independence Mall.  Please allow for additional time for security screening, as it is expected that lines may be long.

General Prohibited Items:  As a security precaution, the following items will be prohibited from the Ben Franklin Parkway events on Saturday, September 26, 2015 and Sunday, September 27, 2015.  Additionally, the following items will be prohibited from the events at Independence Mall on Saturday, September 26, 2015.

  • Aerosols
  • Ammunition
  • Animals other than service/guide animals
  • Backpacks and bags exceeding the size restrictions (18” x 13” x 7”)
  • Balloons
  • Bicycles
  • Hard Coolers (Soft-sided thermal coolers ARE allowed)
  • Drones and other unmanned aircraft systems
  • Explosives
  • Firearms
  • Glass, thermal or metal containers
  • Laser pointers
  • Mace/Pepper spray
  • Packages
  • Selfie Sticks
  • Signs exceeding the size restrictions (5’ x 3’ x 1/4”) made of any material except cardboard, poster board or cloth
  • Structures
  • Supports for signs and placards
  • Toy guns
  • Weapons of any kind
  • Any other items determined to be a potential safety hazard

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