The FAA has made the airspace around the Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta is a “No Drone Zone” for this weekend’s Super Bowl LIII.
For the game on Sunday, the FAA has established a Temporary Flight Restriction (TFR) that will prohibit drones within a 30-nautical-mile radius of the stadium up to 17,999 feet in altitude.
The TFR will be in place from 5:30pm to 11:59pm, but the FAA did confirm that some general aviation operations may be allowed within the TFR provided they meet specific security and operational requirements.
The FAA also will restrict drone flights for one nautical mile around the stadium up to an altitude of 1,000 feet on January 31, February 1 and 2 from 10am to 11:59pm and on February 3 from 10 a.m. to 5:30pm, at which time the TFR for the game takes effect.
Pilots and drone operators who enter the TFRs without permission could face civil penalties that exceed $20,000 and potential criminal prosecution for flying drones in the TFR.
Detailed information for general aviation and drone pilots is available from the FAA’s Super Bowl LIII webpage.