Significant air traffic expected leading up to Super Bowl LII 

Due to the significant public safety needs related to Super Bowl LII events over the next week, residents and visitors in and around Minneapolis will notice an increase in the volume of local air traffic. This increased level of air activity is common practice for events of this size and past Super Bowl host cities, including Houston and San Francisco, experienced the same air space security measures.

Air traffic will include security flights performed by local, state and federal agencies, helicopters monitoring traffic patterns, charter flights in and out of local aviation airports, smaller aircraft performing aerial television coverage and gathering news footage, and practice flyovers in preparation for game day at U.S. Bank Stadium on Feb. 4. In addition, people will notice increased commercial and corporate flights in and out of Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport (MSP). Those living in surrounding neighborhoods may experience additional flight noise during the day, as well as at night.

Beginning Mon. Jan. 29 through Wed. Jan. 31, a low-flying helicopter conducting aerial security and geographical surveys of the downtown area may be seen from the ground and high-rise buildings in and around downtown Minneapolis. The helicopter will fly in a grid pattern over the area at 300 feet or higher above ground surface, at a speed of approximately 80 miles per hour. These flyovers will occur only during daylight hours. The aerial surveys are being conducted as part of emergency preparedness efforts required for SEAR Level 1 national security events like Super Bowl LII.

Visit to view interactive flight tracking or to file an aircraft noise complaint. To report issues or concerns related to air traffic and flight patterns in Minneapolis, contact Minneapolis 311. If you are outside the Minneapolis city limits or are unable reach 311, call 612-673-3000. For TTY/TDD customers please dial 612-673-2157. Contact 311 by email at [email protected].

Published Jan 26, 2018



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