Football fans have discovered mobile devices do more than just fetch scores and provide highlights. Streaming video lets fans follow every second of the game on a smartphone or tablet. Plus, social media allows them to share excitement and frustration about calls and tackles with friends and rival fans.
NFL teams and their respective home stadiums are taking advantage of mobile technology to get more fans in the seats. The $1.6 billion MetLife Stadium, the host of Super Bowl XLVIII this year, just underwent a series of upgrades to improve the mobile experience by installing a Verizon Distributed Antenna System (DAS) and Wi-Fi network. Super Bowl attendees will be able to enjoy instant video highlights and replays on the stadium’s four massive 30 x 118 foot HD video display boards.
Some team apps, for example, offer video-on-demand press conferences, player interviews and pre-game previews, as well as in-stadium features like live streaming camera angles to get multiple views of a play. It’s the best of both worlds – the excitement of the live game with all the advantages of instant replay on a smartphone.
Mobile technology is becoming as crucial in connecting fans to their favorite teams as pigskin is to the game of football.