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This article was published on August 3, 2016

    DJI is going to open a massive drone racing arena later this month

    DJI is going to open a massive drone racing arena later this month
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    Soccer has Wembley. Cricket has Eden Gardens. Tennis has Wimbledon. And very soon, the increasingly popular sport of drone racing might have its own iconic stadium.

    The Chinese drone manufacturer DJI is working on its own mammoth indoor arena called, unsurprisingly, the DJI Arena based in Yongin, just 50 miles south of Seoul. It hopes that it will provide “a safe and enjoyable environment for customers to learn how to fly a drone and a gathering place for aerial enthusiasts.”

    DJI has said that the venue will be outfitted with safety nets, an LED-light circuit for those who wish to improve their piloting skills, and an LCD TV system to follow the action from a first-person perspective. If your drone gets a bit dinged up, don’t stress. The facility has a maintenance room which will be fitted with charging docks and a workstation to perform minor repairs. Moon Tae-hyun, DJI Korea’s Country Manager says:

    “We hope to provide a safe and fun environment for people to experience the technology first hand, whether they are skilled enthusiasts or someone who is just curious to learn. Best of all, the indoor venue will provide a space for people to fly all year round despite weather conditions outside.”

    The DJI Arena is scheduled to open later this month, and will be available for individual and group bookings, corporate event retail, as well as offering workshops and training events. Information about availability and reservations will be released after mid-August. In the meantime, you’ll be able to check out the latest in DJI drone and camera gear at its flagship store in Seoul.