Super Bowl 50 puts tech in the starting lineup: Destiny Clements

Less than three weeks away, Super Bowl 50 will be the most technologically advanced game ever played. At least that’s what Super Bowl organizers such as the National Football League, host team San Francisco 49ers and software giant SAP are planning, according to a panel discussion Wednesday night.

More than 72,000 fans are expected to attend the Super Bowl in the heart of Silicon Valley, with another 110 million watching on TV. The stadium, which opened in 2014, has 400 miles of fiber and copper cable to handle data and 1,200 Wi-Fi access points. Simply put, the stadium has 10 times more bandwidth than the NFL mandates at other stadiums. Fans can use NFL Fan Mobile Pass and the Road to 50 app to help get around.

Both children and adults will get a kick out of the Quarterback Challenge, another interactive game in which fans wearing a virtual reality headset become a quarterback in simulated game situations such as avoiding getting sacked or throwing a game-winning touchdown pass. Fans can see how they fare against other competitors on a scoreboard.

Asked what they are most concerned about on Super Bowl Sunday, the panelists said almost in unison: “the weather.”


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