The Cardinals are one of 12 NFL teams offering a Fanvision these days — a small portable video device that allows a person to have multiple benefits, including watching live out-of-market games, listening to the Cards’ radio broadcast while watching the game, the NFL Red Zone channel, multiple replay angles (including some not available elsewhere), on-demand Cardinals content (like “Maximum Cardinals” and “The Ken Whisenhunt Show”) and real-time stats. You can even plug your fantasy team into the device and have a channel dedicated to your team’s real-time stats.
“Our emphasis is to make University of Phoenix Stadium the most fan-friendly stadium in the NFL,” team president Michael Bidwill said in a pre-game press briefing. “Fans want more interaction with the game.”
It goes even deeper than that, too. It’s about a sense of survival as well. Fanvision spokesman Carl Peterson — a former general manager of the Kansas City Chiefs — noted that with such technological advances like HDTV and multiple replays, some fans would rather stay home than come to games. This way, they can get a live game to attend and still have replays and key stats.
“We think this will enhance the experience (in the stadium),” Peterson said.
The device can be purchased for $199 for the first few weeks of the season (the price will eventually be $259) and be free to use this season. In 2011, there will be a per-game charge of $5 to use. For more info, go to FanVision.com.
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