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Tackling Tech: A Banner Tech & Super Bowl Season for the Vikings?

And thanks to a solid season in the new digs, the Vikings won the NFC Central to land at least one home playoff game and a shot at a NFL first – playing in the Super Bowl on their home field in February.
The Intel freeD systems, which use advanced video capture and processing technology and have been fixtures at the last few Super Bowls. “It was important for us to be able to be on all three of these connected TV platforms, bringing our fan base content in 1080p HD.”
Working with VR/360-degree content handler Zeality LINK, the NFC Central Champions found time to launch what is said to be the league’s first VR app for Occulus headsets.
The launch of “Vikings VR” was announced last week.
Vikings Plan Accelerator The Vikings also took on the sports-tech advancement challenge from a business angle, announcing plans last year to join the L.A. Dodgers, Philadelphia 76ers and other drivers by creating an accelerator that provides a wide array of resources and funding to help startups contribute to sports sooner rather than later.
Accelerators are seen by many as crucial to the evolution of sports tech because they partner with little-known entities with the goal of fueling big changes in the way their games are played, viewed and marketed.
The Need for Acceleration “We’re looking to take advantage of opportunities at the intersection of sports, technology, business and community,” explained Vikings Chief Operating Officer Kevin Warren, in a phone interview.
And should the Vikings play and win the Super Bowl on their home field, the celebration will draw national attention to the team and area for weeks.
Either way, the team’s tech accelerator should continue the tech excitement in the northern hub region year-round, drawing promising startups to the area to help fuel the area’s economy for years to come.

When construction began on the nearly $1 billion US Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Vikings fans expected very big things. What they got was more than they could imagine; a new tech-infused venue, new content apps, a 360-degree camera system and a tech accelerator to attract startups.

US Bank Stadium in Minneapolis is home to the playoff-bound Vikings, will host of Super Bowl 52 and serve as the residence of advanced sports technology. The practice field houses a new tech accelerator. Source: US Bank Stadium.com.

And thanks to a solid season in the new digs, the Vikings won the NFC Central to land at least one home playoff game and a shot at a NFL first – playing in the Super Bowl on their home field in February.

The work crew, which needs to do a month of prep work in a week, is up to the task. For all intents and purposes, the tech elements are ready. One way or another, all eyes will be on the advanced venue on Super Bowl Sunday, with a spotlight on the team’s accelerator in the hub of the northern tech hub.

Tech-Ready

The club has already accomplished big tech tasks designed to next-level the game experience for fans in the stands and the many millions watching at home from around the world. With help from tech giant Intel Corp, the vendor’s cutting edge 35-camera network, which provides The Matrix-like video of plays, was installed before the 2017 pre-season. These advance super high-def camera systems hang above the field and capture the action from all 360 degrees – which results in an immersive stop and start video that capture all action in a play, often from a QB’s view.

Will the Vikings be playing in Super Bowl 52 as a home game? Source: NFL.com

The Intel freeD systems, which use advanced video capture and processing technology and have been fixtures at the last few Super Bowls. Roughly one-third of the 32 NFL venues have been equipped with the systems to date, with just three or four aboard before the 2017 season.

There are may options for watching the 360-degree replays now – NFL.com/video, team apps, stadium big boards, and online – with game broadcasters a big part of the plan.

Vikings Now

For the Minnesota Vikings, creation of its free team connected app was a high priority.

Not long before the kickoff of the 2017 NFL season, the team launched Vikings Now. The free team app is available on Apple TV, Roku and Amazon Fire TV. “It features the latest content from Vikings Entertainment Network, including exclusive programming and full episodes of Vikings Connected, Beyond the Gridiron and Vikings Gameplan,” according to a report on the team’s website. The club app will also include NFL Network segments and highlights.

Vikings Now provides access to a wide variety of team video programming. Source: Vikings.com

“By expanding to connected TV, fans are now able to watch their favorite Vikings videos and stories right on their television, mobile app, laptop or tablet,” said Vikings Executive Director of Digital Media and Innovation, Scott Kegley, in prepared comments at launch. “It was important for us to be able to be on all three of these connected TV platforms, bringing our fan base content in 1080p HD.”

Vikings fans can also get exclusive content by downloading the team’s mobile app for iOS and…

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