Barcelona To Introduce Virtual Reality 5G Coverage For Armchair Supporters
Barcelona have unveiled ambitious plans to make their iconic Nou Camp Stadium the continent's first ground with dedicated 5G coverage.
According to Tech Radar, the La Liga giants are working in conjunction with Telefónica and mobile industry body the GSMA with the aim of stands and the playing field being covered by the 5G technology.
They hope it will create a more immersive experience for fans watching elsewhere.
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Incredibly, viewers watching at home will be able to use virtual-reality glasses to watch matches from various locations in high-definition 4K quality - including from the directors' box, behind the goals, the dugout and even on the pitch itself - thanks to a spate 360-degree cameras strategically placed around the pitch.
Barcelona's club president Josep Maria Bartomeu spoke about the project and it genuinely sounds amazing:
"At Barcelona it makes us very proud that the Nou Camp is the first football stadium in Europe with internal 5G coverage," he said.
"The Nou Camp is the largest stadium in Europe. It holds more than 90,000 spectators and when Espai Barca is finished the capacity will rise to 105,000.
"Thanks to this agreement between Barcelona and GSMA, in partnership with Telefonica, we have made the Nou Camp a laboratory for innovation in the most advanced technology in mobile telephony, 5G."
Camp Nou is the first football stadium in Europe with 5G coverage, technology that allows us to be leaders in innovation in the world of sport. Today, in the Mobile World Congress, we announced the news alongside Telefónica and GSMA pic.twitter.com/VW0zcyUj74- Josep Maria Bartomeu (@jmbartomeu) February 26, 2019
The Catalan club competes with bitter rivals Real Madrid and other major European teams to secure followers on social media and other web platforms, and the Barca hierarchy believe 5G can massively boost engagement.
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