Drone crashes into Kentucky’s Commonwealth Stadium

In this Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2015, photo, construction continues on Commonwealth Stadium in Lexington, Ky. Kentucky players have many reasons to be excited about Saturday night's opener against Louisiana-Lafayette. The biggest is finally getting to play in the "new" Commonwealth Stadium, which underwent a $120 million makeover with amenities the Wildcats believe make it feel more like home. (Charles Bertram /Lexington Herald-Leader via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky has confirmed that a drone crashed into a part of newly renovated Commonwealth Stadium before the Wildcats faced Louisiana-Lafayette in the season opener.

School spokesman Jay Blanton said Saturday night via email that the unmanned aircraft was recovered near the suite level. He added that there were no injuries to spectators or damages to the facility, which just underwent a $120 million renovation.

Blanton said school officials have talked to the drone’s owner and that police are considering what steps to take.

As skydivers parachuted on to the field carrying American flags before kickoff, the drone hovered behind the scoreboard over the west end zone. It was in airspace close to heliports at nearby UK Chandler Hospital and Baptist Hospital.

 

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