Liverpool delves into VR for sporting friendly

24 Jul 2019

By: Sport Industry Group

Premier League football club Liverpool has partnered with US technology company NextVR to provide its pre-season friendly match against Portuguese Primeira Liga team Sporting CP in virtual reality.

The 24th July game is taking place at Yankee Stadium, home of Major League Baseball (MLB) franchise the New York Yankees, and VR coverage will be exclusively available in the US to NextVR users on Oculus Gear VR and Go as well as all Oculus Venues users.

A total of eight VR cameras will be positioned along the pitch and throughout Yankee Stadium. The fully produced live VR broadcasts will include dedicated commentators for the match, along with pre-game, half-time and full-time analysis.

Billy Hogan, Managing Director and Chief Commercial Officer of Liverpool, said: “It’s been a huge season for Liverpool FC and our fans are a vital part of our success. We want to constantly reward them and innovate to create the best possible ways for them to stay engaged with the team.

“We believe that live virtual reality experiences are going to be an important way for fans to enjoy our games and we are extremely excited to be innovating with NextVR and Oculus Venues for the first time.”