Some big time sports entertainment venues would like you to be jettisoned from your sofa into more outdoor events -- to do what else, watch even more video.
So it doesn’t really mean getting away from your home TV screen -- just using your mobile screens at big events -- to watch a replay, to take picture, look up score, player data, whatever.
Levi’s Stadium -- new home for the new San Francisco 49ers -- is one of the biggest efforts by an NFL team to bring technology to live events. (And, of course, Levi’s Stadium, is right smack in that Northern California technology area -- you-know-what-valley).
Levi’s Stadium is an state of the art venue -- wi-fi, environmental and and otherwise. For example, it has 40 gigabits/second wi-fi technology for fans to access with their mobile devices — four times the NFL standard. Plenty of HD screens are also available everywhere.
Mind you, there are plenty of other places -- Berlin nightclubs for example -- where the mere raising of one arm with a smartphone in hand will get you tossed out of the place. Some believe being off-the-grid, and off-media, in general, has its own rewards when at public venues.
The NFL wouldn’t dare look to confiscate personal devices -- not when those screens provide big time opportunities for additional NFL fan sharing of content -- also called free marketing, to others.
But if you really are seeking real tangible ways to get people to go see a live professional football game there is always financial incentives to consider.
Interviewing one sports business analyst on Wednesday, CNBC’s
“Street Signs” c0-anchor Amanda Drury asked:
“How about cutting ticket prices?”
Now why would the NFL want to do that? Let the supply-and-demand market decide. If NFL consumers want to pay for high ticket prices and be subject to even more digital advertising via their mobile screens -- if not maybe a few outright fees -- why not?
Who won the first Levi’s Stadium game? The Denver Broncos crushed the 49ers in the pre-season opener, 34-0. Your mobile app has the highlights.