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No more silent stadiums, just tap an app to send cheers to support your team

AFP
Published May 27, 2020, 4:05 pm IST
Updated May 27, 2020, 4:14 pm IST
Instrument maker Yamaha said its remote cheering system will let users tap buttons to deliver cheers—or boos—via speakers inside grounds.
Yamaha said a recent test of the system at a 51,000-seat stadium produced a sound similar to that of a live crowd. It reminds one of the Black Mirror episode ’Fifteen Million Merits’ where contestants of a talent show are cheered by digital avatars of people living in a dystopian future, locked up.(Photo | Videograb of the Black Mirror episode)
 Yamaha said a recent test of the system at a 51,000-seat stadium produced a sound similar to that of a live crowd. It reminds one of the Black Mirror episode ’Fifteen Million Merits’ where contestants of a talent show are cheered by digital avatars of people living in a dystopian future, locked up.(Photo | Videograb of the Black Mirror episode)

Tokyo: Cricketer Shoaib Akhtar recently said that playing in an empty stadium is like a wedding without a bride. A new Japanese smartphone app is set to change that. It will allow fans to send virtual cheers and jeers to sports stadiums in the hope of creating atmosphere at matches played behind closed doors due to coronavirus.

Instrument maker Yamaha said its remote cheering system will let users tap buttons on the app to deliver cheers—or boos—via dozens of speakers placed inside grounds.

 

Event organisers can pre-set various types of cheers and jeers, and change the intensity levels depending on the number of users pressing their buttons—aiming to replicate the roar when a goal or home run is scored.

Perhaps it is only a matter of time before the app comes to India, where cricket fans especially are waiting for live matches to start.

Even when a live audience is permitted, fans may still use the app to prevent potentially coronavirus-laden droplets flying through the air through shouting.

They can pick which side of the stadium to send their chosen cheer or jeer, and can remotely join chants that only designated users can begin.

 

The company originally planned to launch the app in later this year, but accelerated its development after the coronavirus forced sporting events to be cancelled or played without fans.

Yamaha said a recent test of the system at a 51,000-seat stadium produced a sound similar to that of a live crowd.

The firm deployed 58 speakers at the Ecopa Stadium and invited officials from football teams Jubilo Iwata and Shimizu S Pulse to send in remote cheers and boos.

“I feel that this system will encourage players on the field by making them feel like their fans and supporters are nearby,” Jubilo’s business strategy official Hiromi Yanagihara said in a statement issued via Yamaha.

 

The firm said the system can also be used in the future by those unable to attend matches.

Yahama spokesman Kenji Arakawa said the app could be used for other events and they were receiving enquiries from multiple fields.

“This might be used at music concerts, theatres or comedy shows. Especially in comedy acts, audience reaction is essential,” said Arakawa.

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe recently lifted the state of emergency for the entire nation, but he still urged organisers of major events to use caution to prevent new infections.

 

Japan’s professional baseball teams are preparing to start their new season behind closed doors from June, three months later than the original schedule.

Football’s J-League kicked off the season for one weekend in February before suspending it, with local media speculating the season will reopen in late June or early July, with early games likely to be played without fans.

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