Up for Bid: 2019 Drone Racing League Events

By Connect Sports Staff, July 16, 2018

Drone Racing League is seeking bids to hosts events in 2019—with the option to forge multi-year deals. The global pro drone racing league is looking to expand farther internationally into Asia while maintaining two to three events in North America/United States. Las Vegas, New Orleans, Miami, London, and Munich are among previous hosts. DRL has used traditional venues like stadiums, as well as unusual sites like The University of Arizona’s Biosphere 2 in Oracle; and Mardis Gras World in New Orleans. For the first time, each event will be held in front of a live audience of between 3,000 and 8,000. DRL events are broadcast on leading sports networks including ESPN, TSN and Sky Sports, adding international exposure to host communities. The first two seasons have drawn more than 55 million broadcast views and more than 100 million online views. Venues should be prepared for six to eight days for course build out, racing and loading out.

Here are the details:

Deadline: Sept. 21

Time of year: August-November 2019

Venue requirements: Indoor space of 80,000 square feet minimum; must include areas with minimum 30-foot clearance; flat, outdoor space to stage a 60’x25′ TV broadcast truck. An outdoor venue is possible but needs to be discussed

Estimated crew: 150; 24 professional pilots

Estimated number of spectators: 3,000-8,000

Hotel requirements: Close proximity to major airport and competition venue

Room nights: 500-2,000

For the full RFP, click here.

For more information, email Andrew Sigal, venues manager, at andrew.sigal@drl.io.

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