Sky Sports set to use FIFA Crowd noise For Empty-Arena Games

Author

SAMRIDDHA SAHA (Gl1tch_mast3r)

Date

Jun, 07.2020

The German Bundesliga was the first major European football league to resume following the coronavirus epidemic, and fans on social media and pundits alike commented on the near-silence in which the games were played, with many arguing that the viewing experience is diminished without a live audience. Although as a matter of fact, large crowds and gatherings are still absolutely forbidden and will remain so for the foreseeable future.This means that although sports leagues will continue competitions, stadiums and arenas will be empty.For sports fans, this will look very unnaturally, and if you have ever watched a football game on a big but empty stadium, you know that the sound of it simply isn't the right thing. It almost sounds like they are just playing a friendly game in a neighbourhood.

According to the Daily Mail, they plan to broadcast crowd noise from FIFA 20 to help the watching experience. If approved, the crowd noise will be optional for viewers in the UK and accessed on the red button rather than the main channels. All 92 remaining Premier League matches will be shown on TV on Sky Sport, BT Sport, Amazon Prime and BBC. 

"In partnership with EA SPORTS FIFA, Sky Sports has created a range of bespoke and team-specific crowd noises and chants to bring the vibrant atmosphere of the Premier League to the restart," says in the press release.  "Viewers can select the Sky channel to watch with the added sound or with stadium noise." They have also introduced a new feature called "Sky Sports Fanzone". It is a virtual video room where you can interact with your friends and watch matches together. According to Sky, you can even influence the crowd noise they hear on screen, but it is not explained how will that work.

Announcing the new features, Sky Sports managing director Robert Webster said: "With live sport on hold for over two months, we've spent a lot of time thinking about how we broadcast in new ways to bring fans together, even if they can't meet up to watch the match. "Sky has always been a leader in innovative sports broadcasting, and we're excited by this opportunity to share something really special with the whole nation. We want Sky Sports viewers to still feel it all and have the best possible viewing experience - even if they can't be in the stadiums or watch with their family and friends."