Drone crashes inside Commonwealth Stadium before UK game

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - Police are investigating after a drone went down right before the UK season opener against Louisiana-Lafayette at Commonwealth Stadium.

As skydivers parachuted on to the field carrying American flags before kickoff, the drone hovered behind the scoreboard over the west end zone. It was in airspace close to heliports at nearby UK Chandler Hospital and Baptist Hospital. A spokesperson from UK says the drone went down near the suite level in the southwest corner of the stadium.

No one was injured and there was no damage to the stadium.

We're told the drone's owner is a UK student.

"They had seen it in flight before the crash, so they were able to confront the owner and it was inappropriate. It should not have been there," UK spokesman Jay Blanton told WKYT.

Our partners at the Herald-Leader report, the FAA says no drones or airplanes can be flown over stadiums one hour before or one hour after a game.

"There are a lot of rules and regulations evolving about drones right now, but there is one that is pretty clear and unambiguous - and that is that you do not have one in and around a stadium on game day at game time. There is all kinds of things that could go wrong and that's a clear example what happened last night. You had a full stadium, shortly before kickoff, the drone clearly got away, which can happen, something really bad could have happened. We are fortunate that it didn't," Blanton said.

UK Police have been talking with the student responsible. They say they will discuss this week what steps they will take next.

Photo: University of Kentucky
Photo: University of Kentucky

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