Inside the epic Super Bowl drone light show

Most drone pilots could not fly drones anywhere near Los Angeles during the afternoon of Super Bowl Sunday. But that’s not to say no drones flew near the Super Bowl festivities. In fact, hundreds of drones DID fly near the Super Bowl LVI — just on Friday and Saturday ahead of the bowl game, itself. That’s ll thanks to a series of Super Bowl drone light show viewings held in Los Angeles.

About 500 drones were used to create designs of things like a football, and the NFL logo, in what was the NFL’s first-ever Super Bowl drone light show. The 10-minute aerial show was epic, with drones flying in formations spanning 600 feet wide and more than 400 feet tall, operated by 20 technicians.

And this wasn’t a one-off show. In fact, Los Angeles residents and visitors were treated to multiple Super Bowl drone light show performances on Friday and Saturday night, with each night of the weekend entailing multiple viewing opportunities.

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The NFL logo is seen over the Los Angeles Convention Center as the NFL conducts its first-ever Super Bowl Drone Show ahead of Super Bowl LVI, February 11, 2022 in downtown Los Angeles, California.

The show was held just over the Los Angeles Convention Center — which is in downtown Los Angeles — but could be viewed in a wide swatch of the city.

CBS Los Angeles put together a near video showing not just a brief moment of the performance itself, but something that drone nerds might appreciate even more, a bit of behind-the-scenes action. The end of this video from CBS Los Angeles shows the roof of the convention center, where hundreds of drones are lined up in preparation for their next performance:

That said, while this was the first drone light show put on by the NFL itself, this is not the first time drones have been featured in the Super Bowl.

During the 2019 match, drones flew as Maroon 5 performed with Big Boi, Travis Scott, and Sleepy Brown during the Pepsi Super Bowl LIII Halftime Show at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia. And audiences were captivated back in 2017 when hundreds of drones flew during Lady Gaga’s Super Bowl halftime show during Super Bowl LI at NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas.

Oh and, in case you were curious: here’s how much does a drone light show costs.

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