The actual game of football is only part of the attraction of the Super Bowl. The commercials and the event’s halftime show are the other huge draws. With Lady Gaga headlining the event this year, we’re assured that it’ll be an elaborate show, and CNN Tech is reporting that the singer’s performance will include “hundreds — yes, hundreds — of lit-up drones.”
According to sources who spoke with CNN, this is the first time that drones have been incorporated into a Half Time show. The use of the drones had to be cleared by the Federal Aviation Administration, as it has established a “No Drone Zone” in a 34.5-mile radius around the stadium starting today and ending on midnight on Sunday.
Earlier this week, an observer spotted drones flying over the stadium during rehearsals:
Pra quem não viu ontem: vazou a produção do halftime ensaiando com drones formando GAGA em cima do estádio que acontecerá o evento! pic.twitter.com/yQllZpRj6W— Felipe (@Felipe_Oif) January 27, 2017
Drones have been used for elaborate aerial light shows in the past, their inclusion in this year’s halftime show will certainly add to the spectacle of the performance.
Following last year’s appearance by Beyoncé, there’s been much speculation about whether or not Lady Gaga has been ordered to avoid making any political statements, given her support for Hillary Clinton during the 2016 election. During a press conference earlier this week, she noted that she “believe[s] in a passion for inclusion, I believe in the spirit of equality,” and that her performance would reflect that.