Sports throughout the years have been using different forms of technology in order to enhance the game itself, the fan experience when attending a game, and at home experience when watching the game at home. There are groundbreaking technologies that are enhancing all three of these aspects, such as giant jumbo screens and cameras that track motion and fly over the field. There are also technologies that improve the business of that organization. These technologies include infrastructure networks that not only allow members, or employees, of the organization to connect with each other but also with supporters, shareholders, suppliers of goods and services and sponsors.

New technologies that have come to many stadiums around the country include WI-FI and enormous screens, also called jumbo screens or jumbo-trons. These new technologies need people behind the scenes, maintaining systems and trouble-shooting any problems that might come up. Some technologies have gained much ground by being incorporated into the fan-stadium experience while others are slowly making way into the stadiums.

 

Team

Size of screen

Houston Texans

277 ft x 52.5 ft

Dallas Cowboys

160 ft x 72 ft

Tennessee Titans

157 ft x 54 ft

Miami Dolphins

138.5 ft x 41 ft

New England Patriots

123 ft x 41 ft

Green Bay Packers

108 ft x 48 ft

Indianapolis Colts

97 ft x 37 ft

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– The Jumbo-tron AT&T Stadium in Dallas, Texas, home to the Dallas Cowboys, covers more than half of the football field’s length.

This shows that larger screens are being implemented in almost every stadium now-a-days in order to make the fan experience more interesting.

Other technologies that are coming to stadiums around the country include interactive apps. The San Francisco 49ers currently have an app has features that allow the fan to use the app to park their car, scan their tickets to the game, and their foods and drinks straight to their seats. Twelve IT guys sit in one of the owners clubs, glued to their laptops, watching over, maintaining, and fixing the app non-stop. This stadium works with a company named VenueNext who controls the app and employs IT specialists to go to these games and make sure everything run smoothly.

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– A fan uses a mobile app to order a hotdog to his seat

Hugo Moreno, a writer for Forbes magazine, said, “IT and data have invaded the sports industry to create next-generation football stadiums with a robust communications infrastructure, designed to attract more fans than ever.” These next generation stadiums include ones that create an experience like no other and create an efficient working environment. Behind all of these new and efficient uses of technology within a stadium, there are IT specialists working on maintaining the efficiency of these technologies. And as long as newer and bigger technology continues to come out that will enhance the sports experience as a whole, there is going to be a higher demand for people needed to maintain all of these technologies.

“IT and data have invaded the sports industry to create next-generation football stadiums with a robust communications infrastructure, designed to attract more fans than ever.” – Forbes Magazine

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