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FAA tells Super Bowl fans to leave drones at home

Going to the Super Bowl on Sunday? The federal government wants you to leave your drone at home.

“The Super Bowl is strictly a ‘No Drone Zone,’” the Federal Aviation Administration said in a statement on Wednesday, accompanied by a video making the same point.


The New England Patriots and the Seattle Seahawks will square off in Super Bowl XLIX on Sunday at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Ariz. And the FAA wants drone-owners to know drones aren’t welcome to fly over or near that venue — as well as others.

“The FAA bars unauthorized aircraft — including drones — from flying over or near NFL regular- and post-season football games,” the agency said. The same goes for Major League Baseball games, NCAA games in stadiums seating 30,000 or more fans, and many NASCAR events, the FAA added.

The FAA warns that rule-breakers may be “intercepted, detained and interviewed” and could face jail time and a civil penalty.

On Tuesday, President Barack Obama said the U.S. needs to regulate the drone industry, speaking with CNN just a day after a drone crashed on the White House’s grounds. The devices can be used for “incredibly useful functions,” Obama said. “But we don’t really have any kind of regulatory structure at all for it.”

Robert Schroeder