As technology improves, there’s less incentive for sports fans to attend athletic events. Why pay for a ticket, parking, food, and beverages – and have to deal with unruly fans or, depending on the sport, the weather – just to sit in the upper deck and be so far removed from the action? Especially when a flat screen in a climate-controlled environment is often the alternative?
Well, virtual reality could change that. Yes, believe it or not, sports fans may one day be able to purchase season-ticket packages and watch games – behind home plate, court-side, at the 50-yard line – from the comforts of their living room.
“It’s not a bad deal,” tech and gadget guru Katie Linendoll said on CBS Sports Radio’s The DA Show. “I would disagree with (the notion that this is still 10 years away) just because of the headsets. There’s so many different levels and the experience changes depending on how higher up you go. A really good immersive experience is only $100. So I think when Apple moves into that market, which we assume they eventually will, I think that it becomes really mainstream.”
Linendoll has touted the wonders of VR seemingly since its inception. Her first VR experience occurred on a Navy ship.
Like, an actual Navy ship.
“I got so caught up in the world that I was in that I started to a) get motion sick and b) get out of touch with reality,” Lindenoll recalled. “I didn’t know when I wanted to pop out, and I forgot that a whole camera crew was around me. You really feel like you are in this other world, and I realized in that experience the implications. Could this be used outside of concerts and games? Physical therapy, real estate when you’re searching for an apartment – (there are) a million directions you can go.”
Including pediatric hospitals. Linendoll often visits sick children and uses VR as a distraction to receiving chemotherapy.
There are endless VR options, including one setting that simulates the feeling of jumping off of a tall building. In fact, many people faced with this VR decision choose not to jump.
“The fear factor is so intense,” Linendoll said. “The challenge with VR is you have to experience it to understand it. It is legit. When I was being chased in this one game through a subway and I felt like I was in the middle of New York City and these guys were trying to shoot at me, I literally started running and ran right into a wall. It was humiliating, but it was awesome at the same time.”