Chase Center, the state-of-the-art new sports and entertainment arena that opened in San Francisco in September, will offer an innovative augmented reality (AR) experience during an upcoming concert featuring electronic dance music DJs The Chainsmokers.

Under the initiative spearheaded by telco Verizon, a group of spectators will be given the opportunity to hold up 5G smartphones towards the stage and see the performance through an AR lens at the concert at the 18,064-capacity arena on November 29.

The fans will experience high-fidelity graphics and imagery timed with music and controlled by the show’s producers. The interactive multi-user experience will also allow the fans to play around with the objects on the screen and see what others with 5G smartphones are doing.

In addition to bringing ‘5G Ultra Wideband’ to concert goers, Verizon has been rolling out 5G in public spaces across 18 cities in places like parks, historic landmarks and sports arenas. Verizon has also switched on the technology in parts of several NFL stadiums and basketball arenas.

Away from the on-stage 5G experience, fans attending The Chainsmokers World War Joy performance will be able to download The Chainsmokers x Verizon AR Experience app, which will offer AR experiences pre-show, in-show and following the performance.

These experiences include the opportunity to take photos positioned in front of animated 3D art and an AR portal to transport viewers inside the world of The Chainsmokers, as well as a live filter for the performance.

The 5G-activated performance will be recorded and transformed into a short highlights reel, which fans who have downloaded the app will be able to watch in the days following the show.

Last month, Verizon confirmed that its 5G Ultra Wideband mobility service had been installed at Chase Center, which is the home of the Golden State Warriors NBA basketball team; Talking Stick Resort Arena in Phoenix, which hosts the NBA’s Suns and the Coyotes of the NHL ice hockey league; and Pepsi Center in Denver, home of the NBA’s Nuggets and the NHL’s Colorado Avalanche.

When the arena opened, MANICA Architecture, the masterplan designer and lead design architect, outlined how Chase Center would raise the bar for in-arena fan experience worldwide.

David Manica, president of MANICA Architecture, told TheStadiumBusiness.com: “Unlike any other arena built to date, it bridges the gap between sport arena and performing arts theatre.”

Image: Jason O’Rear/Chase Center