Premier League champions Manchester City, and its new partner Sony, have begun building a virtual replica of the Etihad Stadium, which will be the team’s central hub in the metaverse. Etihad Stadium is the home of Manchester City, England’s top soccer team at the moment. The club announced that Sony will provide virtual reality to experts to use image analysis and skeletal-tracking technology from subsidiary Hawk-Eye.
Sony’s Hawk-Eye subsidiary has long been dedicated to enhancing sports for viewers and officials. It helps officials make in-game judgments in real-time with specialized replay technology. Its visualization applications will be utilized to recreate the dimensions of Etihad Stadium within the metaverse.
“The whole point we could imagine of having a metaverse is you can recreate a game, you could watch the game live, you’re part of the action in a different way through different angles and you can fill the stadium as much as you want because it’s unlimited, it’s completely virtual,” said Nuria Tarré, Chief Marketing Officer of City Football Group.
Manchester City hopes fans will enjoy all the benefits of having a virtual stadium. Although COVID restrictions are still hampering travel options for some, the ability to watch games in an immersive metaverse setting could be a relief to fans itching to get a taste of a game setting again.
(All information was provided by Cointelegraph)
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