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September 21, 2022

Drone Racing League Comes to the Bay Area This October

The night sky will be aglow at PayPal Park in San Jose as Drone Racing League comes to the Bay Area on Tuesday, October 11 at 7:30 p.m. for their 2022-23 DRL Algorand World Championship Season launch event: Race in the Cloud Presented by Google Cloud.

Attendees will be entertained by world’s best pilots flying high-speed drones through the neon-lit aerial course. Best known for hosting Major League Soccer’s San Jose Earthquakes, PayPal Park will host DRL, the world's premier, professional drone racing property, for the first time ever. Tickets are available now and start at just $15.

The drone race represents California’s only DRL event of the year and is appropriately being held in the technology capital of the United States. Silicon Valley, best known for being home to the biggest tech companies in the world, will host arguably the most tech-driven, professional sports league of them all.

“DRL is Gen Z and tech enthusiasts’ favorite sport. It’s powered by technology and made for innovators, developers and fans in Silicon Valley, the technology center of the world. Anyone that loves tech, racing, gaming and visually thrilling live experiences will have a night at the Race in the Cloud Presented by Google Cloud,” said DRL President Rachel Jacobson.

12 highly skilled pilots will navigate aerial drones at speeds nearing 100 mph through obstacles in the sky at PayPal Park. Transforming thea soccer stadium into a DRL course is no small feat and the operations team will surely have their work cut out for them. DRL races have taken place in sports venues in the past and later this season will head to the home of Major League Baseball’s loanDepot park, home of the Miami Marlins.

"As the 2022-23 DRL Algorand World Championship Season opener, the Drone Racing League's Race in the Cloud Presented by Google Cloud at PayPal Park on October 11th is going to be amazing,” said 2019 DRL World Champion Pilot Vanover. “DRL's pilot roster is incredible, the competition is intense, and the event will be like nothing fans have ever experienced before. I recently moved to California, so I can't wait to race in my new home-state, and Google Cloud's backyard in Silicon Valley.

DRL fans are attracted to everything from the speed, the colorful sensations of the drones and the LED-lit course, to dramatic photo-finishes. Pilots wear goggles that provide them with a first-person view of the drone, as if they were flying inside the aerial devices themselves. 

Appropriately, the race will be held on the opening night of Google Cloud Next, the annual conference where big thinking and technology converge to solve the challenges of tomorrow.

"Together, we will launch our 2022–23 DRL Algorand World Championship Season with a spectacular drone race as part of Google Cloud's marquee event of the year," said DRL President Rachel Jacobson.

Home to seven professional sports championships in the last 12 years, the Bay Area now gets its first taste of the high-flying, energy-packed, Drone Racing League, that is captivating fans around the globe. 

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the main event starts at 7:30 p.m. Get tickets now or enter for your chance to win a Drone Racing League prize package by clicking here.

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