Tech Stack: Virtual tours, interactive stadium maps and more

Our weekly tech round-up from the stadium and arena sector…

Skyway Interactive, which transports fans and athletes to venues through its virtual tours, has partnered with the Houston Rockets NBA team.

Skyway Interactive will provide a fully immersive virtual tour of the Rocket’s Toyota Center arena. The experience will include a showcase of the entire arena, including every seating section, private suite, party room, premium space, restaurant and concourse.

The company began the project in October by collecting hundreds of 360-degree images throughout the facility. The Rockets will be able to capture their own 360-degree images to update the tour as needed.

Major League Soccer’s Los Angeles Galaxy has partnered with Wayfyndr on an interactive map for fans at Dignity Health Sports Park.

The map will be hosted on a web-based application that will seek to enhance the game-day experience for fans. LAStadiumMap.com will use venue mapping and filtering technology to allow fans to locate concessions, seating sections, amenities and more.

Wayfyndr will also keep fans informed with real-time alerts, promotions, discounts, stadium policies and announcements. The map is entirely web-based and will not require a download.

The WACA Ground in Perth, Western Australia is to be fitted with new LED coloured lights as part of an operation that requires its 17-metre-high steel headframes to be taken down and transported off-site.

The new lights will be coloured and able to be coordinated with the colours of the nearby Optus Stadium and the Matagarup Bridge for special events. The upgrade will form part of the next stage of the WACA Ground Improvement Project.

The Australian Football League (AFL) has signed a five-year partnership for Sharp Extensive IT to become its official wholesale display screens partner.

Sharp EIT will provide around 1,300 4K ultra HD screens with special feature LEDs and curved LEDs as part of the upgrade of Melbourne’s Marvel Stadium.

PTI Digital has been appointed by Scottish Premiership football club Hibernian to support the team’s data and digital roadmap and underlying technology infrastructure.

PTI will drive Hibernian’s data and fan engagement strategy over the next three years. The company will also deploy its expertise to help the club build its own data lake and single customer view, enabling the club to visualise and analyse its own data in real time.