Just like being there

Sure, why not?

With fans barred from stadiums due to coronavirus restrictions, sporting bodies around the world are grappling with how to create atmosphere at matches — and the makers of a new app think they have the answer.

The “Remote Cheerer powered by Sound UD” system is made by Yamaha and broadcasts cheers, boos and chants from users’ homes to the stadium via the internet, according to a press release.

Fans tap buttons on an app to make their feelings known through speakers placed around the stadium, replacing the usual crowd noise…

“With the possibility of spectatorless matches and restrictions on cheering in mind, I feel that this system will encourage players on the field by making them feel like their fans and supporters are nearby,” Hiromi Yanagihara, from Júbilo’s business strategy division, said in the press release.

I’m sure this will work great until the first person figures out how to hack it.

But think how Kirby could have used something like this for this past G-Day.  #Virtual93K, for the (recruiting) win!

In the meantime, if schools can charge fans for using the app, I’m sure there will be a market for it here.


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12 responses to “Just like being there

  1. Austin

    Tech will have that thing hacked in no time.


    • W Cobb Dawg

      gtu likes a quiet stadium experience. They’re moving some games to the dome in order to escape noise from the I-75/I-85 connector.

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    • Macallanlover

      It’s football Jake, what makes you think they will know when it is appropriate to cheer or boo? In fact, cheering may not not be an option; what would be the experience they would learn from?


  2. Debby Balcer

    I am usually at home games but when I have to watch on tv I am annoying to watch the game with because it does not feel right unless I cheer like I am there. I would be interested in participating at least I could claim I was helping the team.


  3. Go Dawgs!

    I’m confident that this app doesn’t have buttons for the reactions that I typically want to express during a game.


  4. Russ

    How much do I have to donate to be able to buy and use one of these? Per game, of course.


  5. BuffaloSpringfield

    For What it’s Worth:
    McGarity: We ask those donors within the McGill Society to react now to the fan experience of not having to stand or yell your exhalations during our coming year of fan distancing. We will now offer not only alcohol, full service buffet, air conditioning, closed circuit TV with no commercials and a button you can push that will yell and scream Go Dawgs at your request. Please note the minimum additional charge will be added to your tickets. Please remember social distancing during these trying times.


  6. Ken Wilkinson

    After watching “Last Week Tonight” last week, I started watching the marble league. Stupid, but addictive as hell. The announcer makes it, but they use simulated crowd noise, and those fans get pretty raucous.


    • Dylan Dreyer's Booty

      That was pretty funny. And if you are addicted to gambling, there is no end to the fun. My son-in-law is Dutch and I asked if he had heard of it, but he hadn’t. He’s been here too long, I guess.


  7. Dawgflan

    Just as long as Sasser can’t record custom “cheers”


  8. Casey Chestnut

    Wow, it took less than 2 minutes to poke multiple holes in this, even without it having to actually be hacked.