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Press Release | Jan. 30, 2014

NORAD Region protects skies during Super Bowl XLVIII

TYNDALL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. – Continental U.S. North American Aerospace Defense Command Region (CONR) fighters will be busy during Super Bowl XLVIII protecting the skies around the MetLife Stadium in New Jersey on game day as a part of Operation Noble Eagle.
Air Force fighter jets will be enforcing the Federal Aviation Administration’s temporary flight-restricted zone during Sunday’s game. These flights will have minimal impact on aircraft in the area and are not in response to any specific threat.
Lt. Gen. William Etter, CONR commander, explained that CONR provides air defense for the protection of the continental United States, to include events such as the State of the Union Address, United Nations General Assemblies, and the Super Bowl.
“We are prepared to enforce the FAA’s Temporary Flight Restrictions for this event. There are more than just two teams competing on the field. We are one team of many protecting our citizens at the Super Bowl,” Etter said.
In addition to the FAA, CONR partners with the FBI, Customs and Border Protection, and local law enforcement. This interagency partnership helps ensure the safety of the skies over the stadium.
“For most of the country, Super Bowl Sunday starts on game day,” said Col. Thomas Cucchi, 601st Air and Space Operations Center (AOC) commander. “For us here at the AOC, the planning process and coordination with all of our interagency partners starts several months before the big game. On game day that coordination becomes crucial as all our interagency air defenders come together to protect the skies over MetLife Stadium.”
“We want all the fans to watch the game, we’ll watch the skies, along with our teammates at CBP and the FAA,” Etter said.

Further information on the temporary flight restriction in place over MetLife Stadium on Super Bowl Sunday or other temporary flight restrictions in place around the United States can be found at