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Super Bowl 50 has come to the Bay Area and with some of the biggest names in tech on the event’s advisory group – including Yahoo’s Marissa Mayer, Intel’s CEO Brian Krzanich and representatives from Apple – it’s no wonder that this year’s event is being touted as “the most technologically advanced Super Bowl ever.”
With the eyes of the world upon us, here’s how Silicon Valley is set to deliver on that promise and bring their A-game to the high tech Super Bowl 50.
Located in Santa Clara (some 60 miles south of San Francisco, which may come as something of a surprise to visiting fans), the multi-award winning Levi’s Stadium lays claim to being the most high-tech stadium in the world. Indeed, when it opened in 2014, TechCrunch labelled it “Geek heaven” thanks to arena-wide WiFi and 40 Gbps of connectivity coming in, approximately 40 times more than any other stadium. This is all supported by over 400 miles of fiber and copper cable to handle the data. There is also a mobile app that provides fans with instant, high quality video replays. And if that wasn’t enough, the stadium has its own tech support team, or “Ninerds” as they call them – a team of tech professionals who move about the stadium helping fans with any questions about the tech facilities they may have.
If you’re not one of the lucky 72,000 fans who are going to the game itself, new camera technology will almost make you feel as though you’re right there with them. As Wired reports, watching the game this year will be a whole different experience. First, the number of cameras capturing the action is almost double that of last year’s game: 70 cameras up from 40. There’s also brand new innovation in the form of Eye Vision 360, a camera which gives you the perspective of the players on the field.
In addition to Levi’s Stadium’s own app, there are a plethora of Super Bowl apps designed to enhance the fan experience and build excitement. The NFL’s own Road to 50 app has everything a visitor to the Bay Area needs to make the most of all the events going on, with location-based alerts to ensure there’s no fear of missing out. And it’s not just the fans that are catered for; SAP has created an app to help keep the 5,000 volunteers working on the event connected too!
Here’s to a great Super Bowl 50!
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