The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), along with federal, state and local law enforcement agencies, is informing drone operators of the restrictions on drone flights before, during and after Super Bowl LIV on Sunday, February 2 at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida. The FAA expects more than 2,500 additional take-offs and landings and almost 1,300 additional aircraft to be parked at South Florida airports during Super Bowl week. Therefore, Temporary Flight Restrictions (TFRs) and a “No Drone Zone” will limit flights around Hard Rock Stadium.
The Game Day TFR goes into effect at 5:30 p.m. EST and covers a 34.5-mile ring centered over the stadium and from the ground up to 18,000 feet in altitude. The TFR expires at 11:59 p.m. EST. Drones cannot fly inside the TFR zone. Additionally, no drones are permitted to fly around the Miami Beach Convention Center or Bayfront Park up to an altitude of 2,000 feet (which began January 25 and ends on February 1 during daytime hours).
Manned aircraft pilots and drone operators alike who enter the TFRs without permission could face civil penalties of up to $30,000 and potential criminal prosecution. The takeaway? Stay away from Super Bowl LIV with your drones and watch the game (and the commercials) from the couch.