Cisco Systems has wired the new Yankee Stadium with the latest video, Internet, and voice technology. This will make it the most high tech stadium in the nation. Is this the shape of things to come?
1,100 flat panel, high definition monitors will be located at concession stands, inside the 59 luxury and party suites, around the restaurants and bars, and in restrooms will ensure that fans don’t miss a moment of the game no matter where they are. Monitors will also offer local weather and traffic updates, archival and highlight video footage, and promotional messages. Each will be individually programmable from a central location.
Touch screen phones in luxury suites at the stadium will allow for ordering food and merchandise. Similar technology, which might be ready opening day, will allow fans to order food and merchandise through their cellphones.
Video conferencing equipment and a business center has been installed which will allow the stadium to connect with students and community groups through local libraries and hospitals to let players and executives talk to fans. The ballplayers themselves will each have a computer at his locker. Fans at home may also have access to the video and data systems through their televisions, computers, and cellphones. What do you think the Babe would have thought of that?
“The ultimate fan experience is when Derek Jeter can help some kid in the Bronx learn long division” via video conferencing, said Ron Ricci, the co-chairman of Cisco’s sports and entertainment division , who said he learned arithmetic through baseball.