Beware horse racing fans: Selfie sticks and drones to a list of things that will be banned from the Kentucky Derby this year.
According to an official release from Churchill Downs: “The list of items that cannot be carried into the track by guests on Kentucky Oaks and Derby days was expanded to include selfie sticks and remote-controlled aircraft, including drones.”
“The addition of selfie sticks, and remote-controlled aircraft to the roster of prohibited items also grew out an increase in the popularity of drones and concern for the safety of Derby and Oaks Day patrons, the horses competing in races those days, and participating horsemen and members of their respective staffs,” Churchill Downs spokesperson Darren Rogers wrote in the statement.
The selfie sticks and drones join a long list of banned items including fireworks, coolers, grills, tripods and “any items deemed dangerous and/or inappropriate.”
For more droner restrictions at popular sporting events, check out Drone Bans Are Becoming More Common At High Profile Events.
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