Have you ever imagined what it would be like to catch a pass from quarterback Mitch Leidner or sack the opposing QB alongside linebacker Jack Lynn? The Big Ten Network is partnering with VOKE to bring college football fans onto the field by producing Saturday night’s Gophers-Nebraska game in virtual reality.
VOKE, one of the world’s leading virtual reality providers, will provide an immersive view of the Big Ten West showdown using four 180-degree high-definition cameras to “bring fans onto the field and into the action no matter where they are,” the press release said.
Augmented graphics and live audio of the 6:30 p.m. game in Lincoln, Neb., will also keep the fan informed the same way a normal broadcast would.
“We’re always exploring ways to integrate new technology into the Big Ten fan experience,” said Michael Calderon, BTN Vice President of Digital Media and Programming, in a press release. “We see virtual reality and our partnership with VOKE as an opportunity to provide Big Ten fans a unique way to watch their favorite team from a whole new perspective.”
The virtual reality experience can be accessed by downloading VOKE’s GearVR app from the Oculus Store and using the GearVR headset and a Samsung mobile phone. The game will be available on the BTN channel within the VOKE app.
“We are excited to partner with the Big Ten Network to create the first-ever live VR broadcast of a football game by a collegiate sports network,” VOKE Chief Commercial Officer Jeff Jonas said. “The history, tradition and passion in the Big Ten is incredible and this partnership will introduce live VR to a rabid fan base, while allowing BTN to provide their audience with a fully immersive experience no matter where they are.”
Saturday’s game can also be streamed online or on a smart device. Kevin Kugler, Matt Millen and Lisa Byington will call the game from Lincoln.