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Drone Racing League bringing first live US race to Chase Field

Jun 15, 2019, 4:03 AM
(Photo by Marina LystsevaTASS via Getty Images)...
(Photo by Marina LystsevaTASS via Getty Images)
(Photo by Marina LystsevaTASS via Getty Images)

PHOENIX — It’s a bird, it’s a plane.

It’s drone racing, coming to Chase Field in September.

Partnering with The Drone Racing League, a global and professional drone racing circuit, Arizona Diamondbacks Events & Entertainment is bringing the first official live U.S.-based DRL race to Phoenix.

“We are thrilled to be the first to host a Drone Racing League event of this caliber in the U.S.,” Derrick Hall, D-backs president and CEO, said in a press release. “With the formation of Arizona Diamondbacks Events & Entertainment last year, bringing unique, non-baseball events such as DRL to Chase Field is exactly what we had hoped to do.

“DRL is a sport of the future and we are proud to offer this type of entertainment and one-of-a-kind experience at the home of the Arizona Diamondbacks.”

Using custom-built drones, pilots will fly through a neon-colored, 3D course around Chase Field as part of the 2019 DRL Allianz World Championship Season.

DRL’s first large-scale ticket event in the U.S. will air on NBC and Twitter this fall.

“We are incredibly excited to bring the Drone Racing League to Chase Field on September 8,” Nicholas Horbaczewski, DRL CEO and founder, said in a press release.

“Thousands of fans will have the unique opportunity to experience the sci-fi inspired sport, witnessing the intense pilot rivalry, adrenaline-packed crashes and immersive FPV perspective of professional drone racing live in Phoenix.”

Tickets for the event range from $15 to $30, with seating primarily behind home plate.

For more information on DRL, visit the league’s website.

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