Levi’s Stadium, where the Broncos and Panthers will tangle in the Golden State’s golden anniversary Super Bowl, bills itself as the most technologically advanced stadium in the world. How could it be otherwise for the newest home to an NFL team right in the heart of Silicon Valley? Sitting just a mile from corporate sponsor Intel’s headquarters, with hundreds of other tech giants nearby, it’s only natural that the stadium is probably the best connected facility of its kind in the world. As I wrote last year, Levi’s is like a small data center masquerading as a football stadium and blanketed with wireless coverage for both fans and employees, including those all-important people on the sidelines.
For Super Bowl fans all that technology means never missing a play and getting the same isolation shots and replays on the stadium smartphone app as views at home on their 60-inch flat screens. Why bother squinting at the Jumbotron when you’re already holding an HD screen? Long cognizant of the ubiquity of HDTVs and 5-inch smartphones, the NFL’s goal isn’t to compete with broadcast media, but to give fans the best of both worlds: an exciting, unique live experience, without sacrificing the intimacy and analysis of a TV production.
Read on for a complete look at how the fans attending Super Bowl 50 will stay connected and the technology behind the scenes that ensures they won’t be looking at spinning wait cursors when they’re trying to share sights from the game on Instagram.
In sum, Super Bowl 50 promises to be most connected, app-ready game in history, but making it work requires a lot of technology and engineering. If you are lucky enough to have tickets to the game, take a moment to give thanks to all the engineers, app developers and technicians that made your 5-bar connections possible. You’ll have plenty of time for gratitude as you’re waiting for the train, bus or car taking you back to the hotel.