Professional drone racing coming to Milwaukee April 29 through May 1

NOW: Professional drone racing coming to Milwaukee April 29 through May 1

MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) -- Professional drone racing is headed to Milwaukee. The Ice Storm Drone Racing Competition will take place April 29 through May 1 at the Pettit National Ice Center. 

Milwaukee Montessori School has partnered with MultiGP, the world's largest drone racing league, to bring the unique form of professional racing to Milwaukee with hopes of growing the sport in the region for years to come. 

"We're talking 50 to 65 pilots, $25,000 in prize money, race money and drones that fly from 100 to a 120 mph. It is unbelievable," said Monica Van Aken, Milwaukee Montessori School. 

"These drones are extremely fast. The way they work is they have a camera on the front, wear virtual reality goggles. They go up to 120 mph and we're controlling it through basically what is an obstacle course," said Brian Melton, a professional drone pilot from Brookfield. 

Fifty to 60 pilots from all over the world will be competing in the event. 

According to the MultiGP pro drone racing league, more than 50 drone pilots are currently entered into the competition, ranging from places like Wisconsin, New York, Florida, California, Alaska, Montana and even outside the U.S. like Toronto and South Korea.

According to MultiGP, some of the notable top professionals competing in the event include:

  • Evan "HeadsUp" Turner, two-time DRL World Champ and three-time MultiGP Champ.
  • Alex "CaptainVanover" 2019 Drone Racing Leagues World Champion
  • 21-year-old Mason "Hyper Lively, MultiGP 2021 Tiny Trainer Spec Champ
  • 18-year-old Minchan Kim of South Korea, Drone Champtions League MVP Pilot of the Year in 2020 and 2021

The drone pilots control their aircraft by wearing first-person view goggles so the drone camera is right in front of them. Spectators and judges can also view the pilot's footage in real-time, according to MultiGP.

Ticket prices are $10 a day and $25 for the whole weekend. 

Viewing areas will also be available along the route and will be projected on the large viewing screens of the Pettit Center. People will also receive access to the drone pilots and their aircraft, which will occur between the events for viewers to learn more about drone racing.

To purchase tickets for the event, you can purchase tickets here

Racing days/times are also included below:

  • Friday, April 29 -- 6:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m., Prizes for all first and second place racers
  • Saturday, April 30 -- 8:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m., All day racing
  • Sunday, May 1 -- 9:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m., Finals, champs against champs
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