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TFR’s during baseball / football games

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It's been a while (years) since I flew down the Chicago lakeshore over Navy Pier. When I used to do this I had to know when games were active at any of the stadiums. No lakeshore run if a game was on. Back then if you flew down the lakeshore and a game was in play you were likely to get a visit from an F-18. Are those rules still in effect?

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  1. Brent on Jul 01, 2011

    Yes, it still applies, depending on your the size of the venue, the type of event, your altitude and your distance from the stadium:
    Here is the applicable TFR:
    A version for people who do not speak TFR as their first language is here:
    In part: “The so-called “stadium TFR” prohibits all aircraft and parachute operations at or below 3,000 AGL within a 3 nm radius of any stadium with a seating capacity of 30,000 or more people when there is a major league baseball game, NFL game, NCAA division one football game, or major motor speedway event occurring.  This TFR applies to the entire US domestic national airspace system, and takes effect from one hour before the scheduled event time until one hour after the event concludes.”

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  2. Kent Shook on Jul 05, 2011

    Here is a Chicago TAC showing the 3nm TFR rings around Soldier Field, Wrigley Field, and US Cellular Field for reference (not an official source, yadda yadda yadda, don’t cry to me if you bust the TFR):

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  3. Kent Shook on Jul 05, 2011

    Huh. The image include function doesn’t appear to work. Here’s the URL directly to the picture: http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v169/macindude/stupid%20attachments/Screenshot2011-07-05at101044AM.png

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  4. Micah on Jul 06, 2011

    See also in the TFR text:
    This is relevant to me because one of our local airports has runways 14 and 23 approach ends both within 3 NM of a stadium that hosts an NCAA Bowl game. But we’re a relatively small class C. I imagine that in Chicago approach/departure airspace you’ll be told to shut up/go away when events are under way.

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