Drone Incursions at Stadiums Increasing Ahead of Super Bowl LVIII

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Increasing
Problems
with
Drones
Over
Stadiums
as
Super
Bowl
LVIII
Approaches
(and
yes,
there
is
a

no
fly
zone
.
)

A
recent
report
from
Dedrone,
a
leader
in
smart
airspace
security,
has
unveiled
a
concerning
trend
regarding
illegal
drone
activity
around
major
sporting
events.
According
to
a
Dedrone
press
release,
over
4,000
illegal
drone
flights
were
recorded
around
370
major
sporting
events
in
2023,
marking
a
nearly
20%
increase
from
the
previous
year.
These
incidents
have
resulted
in
event
delays,
the
apprehension
of
drone
pilots,
and
heightened
risks
to
public
safety.

Cathy
Lanier,
the
National
Football
League’s
Chief
Security
Officer,
highlighted
the
escalating
nature
of
drone
incursions,
noting
that
incidents
nearly
doubled
between
the
2021-22
and
2022-23
regular
football
seasons.
Lanier
emphasized
the
challenges
faced
by
authorities
in
addressing
these
incursions,
revealing
that
only
6%
of
the
121,000
requests
made
to
the
FBI
for
specialized
counterdrone
units
were
fulfilled
from
2018
to
2023.

A
notable
incident
occurred
in
November
2023,
during
a
game
between
the
Baltimore
Ravens
and
the
Cincinnati
Bengals
at
M&T
Bank
Stadium
in
Baltimore,
MD.
Broadcast
footage
captured
a
drone
flying
over
the
stadium,
prompting
two
stoppages
in
the
game.

With
Super
Bowl
LVIII
scheduled
to
take
place
in
Las
Vegas
on
February
11,
concerns
regarding
drone
security
have
come
to
the
forefront.
Las
Vegas,
utilizing
DedroneCityWide,
the
largest
airspace
security
infrastructure
globally,
has
taken
proactive
measures
to
safeguard
critical
zones,
including
major
stadiums,
the
airport,
and
the
Las
Vegas
Strip.

The
Las
Vegas
Metropolitan
Police
Department
emphasized
the
importance
of
collaboration
between
external
security
and
public
safety
groups
to
ensure
the
safety
of
attendees,
players,
staff,
and
citizens.

Recognized
as
a
SEAR
1
event
by
the
Department
of
Homeland
Security,
the
Super
Bowl
has
prompted
collaboration
between
Las
Vegas
and
36
public
safety
and
security
working
groups.
The
Federal
Aviation
Administration
(FAA)
has
already
issued
temporary
flight
restrictions
(TFRs)
for
drones
around
key
locations,
with
strict
penalties
for
violators.

Ben
Wenger,
Chief
Revenue
Officer
of
Dedrone,
emphasized
the
necessity
of
counterdrone
technology
in
light
of
escalating
threats.
He
called
for
stronger
counterdrone
legislation
and
highlighted
available
mitigation
solutions.
 (Currently,
it
is
illegal
for
anyone
other
than
authorities
acting
under
very
specific
circumstances
to
mitigate,
or
down,
a
drone:
federal
laws
prohibit
interfering
with
aircraft.)

“These
rising
statistics
make
it
obvious
that
counterdrone
technology
is
no
longer
nice
to
have.
It
is
now
essential.”

“Unauthorized
drone
activity
is
escalating
everywhere.
The
difference
between
this
season’s
data
and
last
year’s
is
particularly
stark,
especially
with
TV
cameras
now
capturing
and
broadcasting
these
events
to
millions
of
viewers
at
home,
highlighting
significant
breaches
of
security.
With
2024
bringing
both
Super
Bowl
LVIII
and
the
2024
Summer
Olympics,
we
must
take
these
threats
seriously,”said
Wenger.“ Major
sporting
leagues
have
voiced
their
support
for
stronger
counterdrone
legislation,
and
there
are
mitigation
solutions
available.
It’s
time
we
enact
legislation
that
allows
public
safety
agencies
to
effectively
use
them.”

Dedrone,
headquartered
near
Washington,
D.C.,
provides
comprehensive
airspace
security
solutions
to
commercial,
government,
and
military
customers
worldwide.
The
company
has
garnered
recognition
for
its
innovative
approach
to
drone
security
and
continues
to
advocate
for
enhanced
drone
safety
measures.

For
more
information
on
drone-related
activity
and
airspace
security,
visit
Dedrone’s
global
incident
center
or
access
their
website
at

http://www.dedrone.com/
.

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