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LOS ANGELES (NewsNation Now) — With Super Bowl LVI kicking off less than two weeks away, security officials are mounting outside of Los Angeles’ SoFi Stadium as stadium security is already feeling the pressure following a fan attack last weekend.

Security is directed by local agencies, including the Los Angeles Police Department and the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, with federal partners such as the FBI, the US Secret Service and the US Department of Defense.

The Federal Aviation Administration has designated the Los Angeles area as a “No Drone Zone” for the Super Bowl and banned drones within a 30 nautical mile radius of the stadium up to an altitude of 18,000 feet from 2:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m PST on February 13, 2022.

Drone operators who enter the restricted area without permission could face confiscation of the drone, civil penalties in excess of $30,000 and potential criminal prosecution, the agency said.

Meanwhile, stadium security will come under intense scrutiny after a San Francisco 49ers fan was placed in a medically-induced coma after being punched during a parking lot confrontation with an apparent Rams fan at the NFC Championship game, the Inglewood mayor said Thursday .

Daniel Luna, 40, remained hospitalized after Sunday’s fight while police used blurry video and a car’s license plate to search for his attacker, Mayor James T. Butts Jr. said at a news conference.

Since he still had his watch, wallet and mobile phone with him, the police do not assume robbery as a motive.

“We are aware of the incident and saddened by it. Our thoughts are with Mr. Luna’s friends and family at this difficult time. We are working with law enforcement officials in their investigation,” a statement to NewsNation said.

The mayor said the video wasn’t clear enough to provide a description of the suspect, but he was seen talking to some people in a car. Police want to find the car and speak to the occupants to see if they were involved, Butts said.

This incident is similar to one in 2011, when a San Francisco Giants fan was punched at a Dodgers game and left with severe brain damage. Two men were convicted and sentenced to prison for this attack.

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