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Super Bowl 50 declared a ‘no-drone-zone’

"Leave your drone at home," or else. Ahead of big game, FAA hints at shooting down unmanned flyers



Super Bowl 50 will take place Sunday at Levi's Stadium. PHOTO: Jim Bahn, via Flickr

Super Bowl 50 will take place Sunday at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif. PHOTO: Jim Bahn, via Flickr

SANTA CLARA, Calif.—The Federal Aviation Administration won’t be toying around on game day.

Ahead of Super Bowl 50, which is set to kick off at Levi’s Stadium outside San Francisco on Feb. 7, the U.S. airspace watchdog has issued a stern warning to any aspiring aerial photographers hoping to get an unmanned glimpse of the big game.

“Bring a game face to the #SuperBowl but leave your drone at home,” the FAA tweeted.

The watchdog has imposed a temporary 32-mile (51.5 kilometres) no-fly-zone around the 70,000-seat stadium set to host the Carolina Panthers and the Denver Broncos, which outlasted the much-touted New England Patriots in the AFC Championship Game two weeks ago.

Though the FAA did not immediately elaborate on how it planned to enforce the “no-drone-zone,” it later confirmed local law enforcement or North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) would be obliged to meet any unmanned flyers venturing too close to one of sport’s biggest spectacles.

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