6 ways to recreate live sports atmosphere without fans
stubhub - June 24, 2020

6 ways to recreate live sports atmosphere without fans

How live sports all over the world are reimagining crowds while social distancing
A fan live streaming the start of a sports match on his smartphone

With sports resuming without fans, we took a look at six possible ways to recreate fan atmosphere inside and outside stadiums.

1. Sound option with chants

To enhance viewers' experience broadcasters are featuring "fake" crowd reactions triggered over key moments of the game (i.e. louder chants for home vs away goals) and mixed with the original sound of the match. German and British broadcasters were the first to have their crack at virtual crowds while NHL and NBA have taken a similar approach.

2. Drive-thru football

Danish team FC Midtjylland have turned their stadium parking into a drive-in open space for fans to show up, watch games and cheer in a socially distanced way.

3. FIFA crowds and noises

In Spain La Liga, which resumed last week, is partnering with EA Sports to enhance viewers' experiences not only with fan noises but also placing virtual crowds from iconic versions of the football video game FIFA.

4. Stuffed animals as spectators

To cover the emptiness of its arena South Korean baseball team Hanhwa Eagles has asked his fans to donate stuffed animals; as a result, characters from various cartoons such as Pikachu, Spongebob, Patrick, Winnie the Pooh and Stitch also appeared in the game. Once fans will be allowed back the toys will be donated to a local children's charity.

5. Fans' cardboard cut outs

Another creative way to fill stadiums, already adopted in Germany and South Korea, is for clubs to allow fans to purchase their own cut out by uploading their picture. The cut outs will then resemble a crowd inside empty stadiums. MLB has also filled their stadiums with cutouts available for fans to purchase.

6. Limited capacity with distanced seating

The CBPL, Taiwan's professional baseball league, has been allowing fans inside stadium with strong safety measures such as mandatory face masks, temperature checks and contact tracing. In Europe other sports leagues have been planning similar initiatives in the coming months but guaranteeing social distancing upon goal celebrations could prove to be challenging...

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