Super Bowl 2024: US FAA announces Las Vegas area 'No Drone Zone'

Super Bowl 2024: Drone Restrictions have been implemented to ensure security at the Super Bowl to be held on February 11. Read below to know the views of the NFL and other sports leagues.

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Super Bowl 2024: In preparations for the Super Bowl the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has stated the Las Vegas Area will be designated a "No Drone Zone" on February 11. It is being conducted as a part of a tightening of security being done by the Super Bowl. A big event like the National Football League championship game requires high safety measures to be placed. 

Time and Date of Drone Restriction

The FAA explained that the game-day restrictions will start at 11 a.m. PT (1900 GMT). The restirictions will be implimented two nautical miles around Las Vegas' Allegiant Stadium. The resistriction will cover an area of up to 2,000 feet (609 meters) in altitude and stretch from 2:30-8:30 p.m. to a 30-nautical-mile radius and up to an altitude of 18,000 feet. There are also restrictions placed around the stadium as well as two casino hotels for some days before the Super Bowl.

NFL annouces Super Bowl 2024 details via poster:

Drone Authority in Cooperation

The sports leagues have expressed that extending drone authority "will play an important role in helping to ensure the safety of major sporting events, including the safety of the millions of American fans who attend these events each year."

Deputy Assistant Attorney General Brad Wiegmann informed the Senate back in 2022 stating 'outdoor mass gatherings, like open-air sports stadiums, are particularly vulnerable to drone attacks.'

NFL and other US sports leagues support

The NFL as well as other US sports leagues have spoke in support of a bid by the White House in regards to expanding powers from Congress to detect threatening drones and then disable them.

After a drone disrupted a game in Baltimore the NFL expressed "Without a change in federal law, mass gatherings will remain at risk from malicious and unauthorized drone operations."  The NFL further urged the congress to act. 

Sports leagues support the Biden plan 

The sports leagues applauded the Biden plan regarding 'implement[ing] a pilot program extending counter-drone authority, under appropriate oversight and training, to certain state and local law enforcement officials involved in protecting mass gatherings at sporting events.'

With the support of sports leagues like the NFL and the cooperation of the Drone Authority preparing to conduct safe sporting events will become easier.