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FAA Issues Warning: ‘SuperBowl 50 Is a No-Drone Zone’; Will Use ‘Deadly Force’

By Hanssie on February 5th 2016

Super Bowl Sunday – a day where Americans gather around the TV for an afternoon of football, commercials, and gluttony. A crowd of 70,000 is expected to be at or around the game, and many, many more will be watching the festivities on TV.

Super Bowl 50 will be held in Santa Clara, California but those within 32 miles of Levi Stadium should be aware that the FAA has declared it a “no-drone zone.” In the following video posted on YouTube, the FAA states, “bring your lucky jersey, your face paint and your team spirit but leave your drone at home.”

In their official press release, FAA Administrator Michael Huerta explains,

“With so many drones being sold for recreational use, we want to do everything we can to get the word out that the game is a No Drone Zone. We’re working closely with our safety and security partners to spread this message as widely as possible.”

The temporary flight restriction will start at 2 p.m. and last until 11:59 p.m. this Sunday, and it is being reported that any drones flying in this restricted space and posing a security threat may be subject to “deadly force,” which means they may shoot your UAV down into little bitty pieces if you don’t comply.

Drones could pose a threat to the players and fans if one were to fall out of the sky (as in this case), plus a gathering of that sized crowd could bring about threats of terrorist attacks (sadly something that needs to be considered in this world we live in). I’d also imagine that the powers that be would not want unofficial broadcasts of one of the largest events in sports. In any case, if you are in the area on Sunday, be smart and keep your UAV at home.

Also, this is a good reminder that drone owners, you have about two more weeks to register your drones with the FAA to avoid being fined.



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Hanssie is a Southern California-based writer and sometimes portrait and wedding photographer. In her free time, she homeschools, works out, rescues dogs and works in marketing for SLR Lounge. She also blogs about her adventures and about fitness when she’s not sick of writing so much. Check out her work and her blog at Follow her on Instagram

Q&A Discussions

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  1. Callib Carver

    I think the whole 32 mile radius is a bit much. I can see a say 5 to 10 mile radius but 32 is crazy to me. Thoughts on that?

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  2. Nik Morina

    A drone issue first happened in the Albanian – Serbian Soccer match. Ever since rules have taken place. Here is a link below

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    • Hanssie

      Yikes. Well, I am not surprised that they put out a ban. This is a big event with lots of people…and people are crazy.

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  3. Peter Nord

    Hardly worth worrying about “unofficial broadcasts” with all those thousands there with cell phones. Will there be cell signal blocking?

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    • Hanssie

      I wouldn’t be surprised. Or at least considerably slowed…

      They kill our cell reception at WPPI, so who knows.

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