32-Mile-Wide ‘No Drone Zone’ Surrounds Super Bowl 50 Site on Sunday

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General view of the NFL Experience exhibition before Super Bowl 50 at the Moscone Center on February 3, 2016 in San Francisco. (Credit: Jason O. Watson/Getty Images)

Outside of passes from two of the NFL’s biggest playmakers, not much else should be flying around Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara on Superbowl Sunday, the Federal Aviation Administration said.

Starting at 2 p.m. and lasting until 11:59 p.m. Sunday, the FAA has issued a temporary flight restriction for most aircraft — including drones — in a 32-mile radius around the stadium south of San Francisco.

Long gone are the days when aerial interruptions were limited to folks such as parachutist James Miller, who in 1993 interrupted a heavyweight championship fight in Las Vegas then landed on the roof of Buckingham Palace months later.

These days, drones are the ones drawing fans’ ire. In September, a drone buzzing over a match in the U.S. Open tennis tournament crashed into an empty section of seats. Less than a week later, a drone crashed at a University of Kentucky football game.

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