For those Bucs fans who can’t wait to get a taste of the newly renovated Raymond James Stadium, the team unveiled a virtual sneak peak on Tuesday and most fans won’t be disappointed.
The teams official website, Buccaneers.com, described what fans can see online, and also in person at One Buccaneer Place.
“The New Raymond James Stadium Experience – a comprehensive visualization of the $140+ million stadium renovation that utilizes state-of-the-art computer modeling and virtual reality technology – to provide fans with the ability to virtually sample the new gameday enhancements that will debut beginning with the team’s 2016 season.
The centerpiece of the new initiative is the PreView Center, a dedicated interactive space located at the team’s training facility, One Buccaneer Place, which features a first-of-its-kind virtual reality presentation co-hosted by Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston and team insider Casey Phillips. Through the use of an Oculus Rift VR headset, the user is guided through a field-level virtual tour of the all-new videoboard displays by Winston before heading up to experience the all-new, all-inclusive Hall of Fame Club offerings. The Buccaneers are the first professional sports team to integrate live 360 video inside a 3D environment with full freedom of motion touring capabilities.”
Bucs COO Brian Ford talked about the virtual stadium experience.
“The addition of ‘The New Raymond James Stadium Experience’ allows us to showcase all of the exciting changes that are taking place in preparation for the upcoming season. While there’s nothing quite like attending a Buccaneers game in person at Raymond James Stadium, the PreView Center, through the use of innovative technology, allows us to simulate the experience and provide potential members with a great representation of what they can look forward to this fall.”
To see it for yourself, click this link.
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As I science fiction fan I love reading old Sci Fi and discovering what really forward thinking people invented in books in the 50’s and 60’s long before the technology became reality. This article made me think of something that I would love to see develop for us Bucs fans that don’t live in Florida or for anyone that can’t make it to live games. Of course it’s Sci Fi in my mind. But it’s seems possible in the not so distant future. I’d love to be able to view live games in 3D Virtual Reality from my home as if I’m in the stadium. And to be able to switch perspectives too. Like from the best seats in the stands to end zone views or even from the sidelines. And make my view like binoculars too. So I can zoom in closer if I want to. I’d pay for that. If you build it, I will come. Unfortunately that cool technology would be blacked out for those of you in Tampa until we start filling the seats again.
Twisted: It should be easy to create the true in stadium experience for you out of town folks. Just get one of your neighbors to dress up in the opponent’s colors and sing their annoying chants. Who Dat, Go Pack Go, Here we go Steelers.
Took the quick virtual tour. The new screens will really enhance the value of end zone seats. I won’t be as hesitant to buy tickets in those areas as I have been in the past.
I am sure that the new end zone screens will also enhance the views for everyone in the stadium. I have managed to get tickets in various places with good views over the years. I will probably never purchase season tickets unless I win a lottery.
Watching games from home, in a restaurant or a bar can also be quite enjoyable. The main reason I want to be able to attend games live is the crowd experience. I really love to be able to yell and scream with others around. (Even when we lose.)
I am sure that something along the lines suggested is a real possibility. If there is a way to increase profits by doing so it will come about. (Any of you young and energetic entrepreneurs out there … Heads up!)
P.S. Is the new PreView Center available to the general public or limited to season ticket holders or what?
The new large screens are awesome, don’t care about the suite upgrades as that’s for the top 1% of our country, RJS is one of my fav stadiums to attend better than the Cards Stadium but not when its Sept or Oct in Tampa. The only problem I ever had with RJS is the Club Seats they have to many rows to be an exclusive section and they don’t show other games in the section on all those TV’s and they won’t let you in until one hour before game and after the game they rush you out which really sucks unlike any other stadium I have been too.
Since I don’t go to the games because of health issue’s this doesn’t mean much to me except it was very expensive. If I was going to the games I would have preferred to have had an 1-2 inches of additional seating. I sure hope all the extra electronics will work during the electrical thunderstorms.
I don’t care if the scoreboard is one of those old wooden ones where a kid changes the numbers by hand if the Bucs have more points than Visitor at the end of the game.
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