Fox has a new trick up its sleeve for the Super Bowl XLVIII telecast on February 2 — infrared cameras, among other nifty gadgets to enhance the viewing experience.
Here’s what you need to know:
1. Cameras Offer Multiple Insights for Viewers…Maybe
According to NJ.com, these cameras will show how players’ body temperatures change throughout the game, which will be played at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.
Ironically, Fox doesn’t seem to know exactly how this new technology adds to the broadcast. Eric Shanks, Fox Sports chief operating officer and executive producer, told the Television Critics Association:
I don’t know what story that tells, but it might make for some pretty cool pictures.
2. Fox Has Used Similar Cameras During MLB Broadcasts
Fox used a similar camera, called the “Hot Spot,” during MLB broadcasts to enhance the viewing experience.
Here’s an example of this technology at work:
3. There Will Be Additional High-Tech Devices
NJ.com reports that Fox will use an additional device to show the effect the wind has on kickers and/or quarterbacks. Furthermore, Shanks says the network will also use more cutting-edge 4K cameras than ever before to zoom in on what he called “the definitive angle,” according to the Associated Press.
4. It’s the First Cold-Weather Super Bowl
It’s not like football isn’t played in the cold. We were just in Green Bay,” Shanks said. “The NFL shouldn’t be apologizing for a cold-weather Super Bowl. If this goes off well, I think we should give another Super Bowl to a cold-weather city. How great would it be to have a Super Bowl in Green Bay?”
AccuWeather is forecasting the conditions to be cold and windy, but clear, on Super Bowl Sunday. As of January 23, the projected temperature in East Rutherford will be 30-36 degrees with 16 mph gusts.
5. Fox is Building a Three-Story Studio in Times Square
Fox Sports is building a three-story studio in Times Square to host its game-week coverage, despite the fact that Super Bowl XLVIII is taking place in New Jersey.
We’re not hiding the fact that it’s in New Jersey,” Shanks added. “We make sure that New Jersey is equally and fairly represented.”
According to Fox NY, the Super Bowl host committee will close Broadway in Manhattan with 12 blocks of hospitality starting the Wednesday prior to the game.